Boyle Landmark Trust honors five at annual meeting

Published 9:18 am Tuesday, December 12, 2017

During the Boyle Landmark Trust annual meeting Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Hall, five people were honored for their work in historical preservation in the community.

Jack Bosley was awarded the J.T. Goggans Award. It is presented annually to a building industry or craftsman who has exhibited a strong commitment to quality craftsmanship for historic buildings in Boyle County.

Presenting the award to Bosley was Danville Mayor Mike Perros, who said, “Jack’s kind of a renaissance man.” 

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Bosley knows his antiques, properties and histories of the properties, Perros said. “He does it very quietly with no fanfare.”

He has renovated a home on Wilderness Road and several in Perryville, he continued.

“The City of Perryville owes Jack for what he’s done,” for the town, Perros said.

Brenda Edwards was presented with the Barbara Hulette Award which is given to an individual or organization for their service to the preservation movement or to a specific project in Boyle County.

Presenting Edwards with the award was Carolyn Crabtree, who said even though Edwards retired after almost 52 years at The Advocate-Messenger several years ago, she is still writing her popular “Looking Back” articles for the paper every week. She has helped compile eight books on the histories of the area, and published her own book of past articles called, “It’s History from Brenda’s Notebook.”

“Without Brenda’s work, much of the heritage of the people through this entire state would be lost,” Crabtree said.

Wilma Brown and Susan and Bernie Hunstad were presented with the Cecil Dulin Wallace Award. This achievement award is given to an individual or organization for their lifetime of service to the preservation movement in Boyle County.

Brown was presented the award by Pat Boatwright, who listed some of Brown’s achievements including being an accomplished artist, owner of two former downtown businesses, helped establish the Community Arts Center in the old Federal building by helping to raise $1 million for the project, and led two successful campaigns for alcohol sales in Danville.

“I couldn’t be more honored,” to present the award to Brown, Boatwright said, and the county appreciates all that she has done.

Susan and Bernie Hunstad were given the Cecil Dulin Wallace Award for their work in preserving the former Centenary United Methodist Church building on the corner of Third and Walnut streets, now named the Third Street Methodist Church.

The building had been vacant and for sale for about eight years, Hulette said, when “the Hunstads took a giant leap of faith by purchasing and restoring the church.” She said the Hunstads felt it was an important project not only because of its important historical location, “But it was the right thing to do, keep the church a church,” Hulette said.