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Presentation of Second Augustus Longstreet Hull Award to Patricia Irvin Cooper

Location: Owens Library and Circle Gallery, 285 S. Jackson Street, UGA College of Environment + Design

Date / Time: 5/26/2015 4:00 pm

 

Please join us from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, as we present the Second Augustus Longstreet Hull Award to Patricia Irvin Cooper at the Owens Library at the University of Georgia's College of Environment + Design on South Jackson Street. A selection of items Patricia has donated to the Owens Library as part of her papers will be on display.


Refreshments, conversation, and camraderie will follow the presentation by former AHS president and Historic Preservation Professor James K. Reap.


Parking is available for a small fee at the North Campus Parking Deck between South Thomas Street and South Jackson Street ($1 to $5, depending on time parked up to two hours).


We are excited to have the opportunity to provide this award to Patricia in person, since she has recently moved from the Athens area.  Our city, county, and region would be far less beautiful, have lost more wonderful architecture, and be generally a poorer place without Patricia's work over the years to bring the importance of preservation to the attention of local leaders. 


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday afternoon, so you, too, can thank her for all her work.


 


About Patricia Irvin Cooper


Patricia Irvin Cooper is one of the most knowledgeable individuals on the vernacular architecture of Northeast Georgia, particularly on the subject of the log house. She has made major contributions to the documentation of this heritage through the survey of historic structures in six Northeast Georgia counties and numerous National Register nominations, including the Church-Waddel-Brumby House (now also known as the Athens Welcome Center) and the UGA President's House on Prince Avenue.  She is largely responsible for galvanizing the effort to save the Old Athens Cemetery, and published Map and Historical Sketch of Old Athens Cemetery, Jackson Street, Athens, Georgia in 1984.


Her work has been published in scholarly journals, such as Georgia Historical Quarterly and Pennsylvania Folklife, as well as in the publications of the Athens Historical Society, most notably in her chairing of the editorial committee that published Papers of the Athens Historical Society, Volume II in 1979 and securing the publication of the 1874 map of Athens. She contributed her knowledge and photographic skills to her essay "Live Yankees in Athens" in 2014's The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia, as well as making "significant contributions to the character and interest of the book." 


 Most importantly, Patricia Irvin Cooper has been wiling to generously share her knowledge and expertise with members of the Athens Historical Society and all those in the region interested in natural and cultural heritage, serving on the board of the Georgia Conservancy, Athens Historical Society, Old Athens Cemetery Foundation, and with work with the Athens Land Trust, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and Oconee Heritage Park.  Her papers and photographs have been donated to the Owens Library at the University of Georgia's College of Environment + Design, providing indespensible resources for future scholarship of the region. 


 


About the Augustus Longstreet Hull Award


The Augustus Longstreet Hull Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Athens Historical Society. It recognizes the contributions of local historians, researchers, and preservationists whose work has profoundly impacted Athens, Clarke, and the surrounding region. 

 

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