Preservation Whiz Recognized For Saving Historical Treasures

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Melvin VanVorst receives the Al Merito Award from Dr. Ann Woosley, Executive Director of the Arizona Historical Society.

Melvin VanVorst of Strawberry has been awarded the Al Merito Award, the Arizona Historical Society's highest honor. The nomination reads in part, "Not only has Melvin played a critical leadership role in Arizona historic preservation, but he has marshaled volunteers through his enthusiasm and fund raising for local projects while serving as a major promoter for the education and enjoyment of the state's history for a broad public audience."

The Al Merito Award was initiated in 1973 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the preservation of Arizona's history.

VanVorst's efforts have restored and revitalized the Strawberry Schoolhouse, helped restore the original Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library and preserve the history of the Childs-Irving Power Plant.

The award was presented during the annual Arizona History Convention in Flagstaff on April 22.

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