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Yosemite National Park Historic Preservation Program Receives the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award

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Date: October 12, 2012

Program Honored for Cultural Resource Work

The Historic Preservation Program in Yosemite National Park was awarded the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award on September 19, 2012. The award recognizes expertise and outstanding contributions to cultural resource stewardship and management by permanent full-time employees of the National Park Service (NPS).  

The Yosemite Historic Preservation Program received this award for developing relationships with internal and external partners in order to ensure that historic structure preservation issues are addressed in a timely manner and for utilizing creative methods to fund preservation projects in the park. In 2011, the preservation crew completed a collaborative preservation effort on the fountain of the historic Wawona Hotel in Wawona. The project was done in collaboration with the park's primary concessioner, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Inc., and the Yosemite Conservancy.

This year, the National Park Service awarded the 2011 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award to four individuals and parks for excellence in cultural resource stewardship. The awards were given by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis at the Department of the Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. Other recipients include NPS employees form Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, and Glacier National Park.  

The award is given annually, and was established to encourage creativity in cultural resource stewardship and management practices and projects, particularly those that may serve as examples or models for programs service-wide. Established in 1970, the award is named for three distinguished former National Park Service employees: Historian Roy E. Appleman, Historical Architect Henry A. Judd, and Curator Ralph H. Lewis.

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.