The 2014 Annual Awards Announcements

This past month, THS held its annual Awards Banquet at the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh while on Conclave Theatre Tour.

We’re pleased to share the full list of awardees:

2013 outstanding Book of the Year BannerOutstanding Book of the Year Awardee:
“Columbus Indiana’s Historic Crump Theatre,” by David Sechrest
[Watch David’s acceptance speech here.]

2014 Honorary Member of the Year BannerHonorary Member of the Year Awardee:
Arthur Ziegler of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
[Watch Arthur’s acceptance speech here.]

2014 Member of the Year BannerMember of the Year Awardee:
Curtis Cooper
[Watch Curtis’ acceptance speech here.]

2014 Creating Theatre History BannerCreating Theatre History Award:
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presented to Rona Nesbit, Executive Vice President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
[Watch Rona’s acceptance speech here.]

2014 President's Award BannerPresident’s Award:
Father Francis J. Early
[Watch Father Early’s acceptance speech here.]

Also awarded, but not in attendance were:

Jeffrey Weiss Literary Awardees:
Gina DiBella (First Place)
First Prize is awarded to Gina DiBella of Rochester, New York for her submission “A Richer Theatre Experience.”  Gina holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the State University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.  In May of 2013 she received a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.  For her graduate thesis, Curtain Call: The Role of Historic Theatres in the Revitalization of Erie Canalway Communities, she studied 15 historic theatres in New York State, many located along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.  Work from her thesis led to the development of her Weiss submission on the theatres of Upstate New York

Joe Muskin (Second Place)
Second Prize is awarded to Joe Muskin of Savoy, Illinois for his submission “The Sunday Movie Fight.”  Joe is an Education Coordinator for the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana campus. He serves on the board of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, which is housed in a converted movie palace, the Orpheum Theatre. Joe is a co-author with Perry Morris and Audrey Wells of “The Art Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years,” a book that chronicles the history of a single-screen movie house in Champaign, IL.  While doing research for the book, he came across the events detailed in his essay.

Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellow:
Jeff Thompson
The 2014 Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship is Awarded to Jeffrey Thompson, of Salt Lake City, Utah in support of his research and documentation of the theatres of Salt Lake City.

Click here to find out more about our Annual Awards, including nomination information.

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