Hildene Award Winners to Be Honored at Luncheon
The 2015 Hildene Award honorees, Jane Beck and Susanne Rappaport, collectively devoted nearly 100 years of their lives to preserving the stories, traditions and legacies of Vermonters. Vermont’s first and longest serving folklorist, Beck is director emeritus of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, a special place founded by her in 1983 and dedicated to documenting Vermont’s unique culture. Rappaport received the Vermont Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2014. She was honored for, among other things, her preservation of historical collections for study and research in her various roles, such as volunteer curator of the Pawlett Historical Society, founding executive director of the Slate Valley Museum, and first professional curator of the Dorset Historical Society. The achievements of both women are remarkable. They can best be described as tireless researchers, collectors and preservers of Vermont’s past. Their lifetime of work is the embodiment of Hildene’s mission, Values into Action. The contributions of Beck and Rappaport will be celebrated by family, friends and colleagues at a luncheon at Hildene on Sunday, July 26, at 12 noon. The Hildene Award, given annually to a deserving Vermonter(s) selected by Hildene’s Board of Trustees, includes a $10,000 prize that will go to a project of the recipient’s choosing. Susanne Rappaport’s is a posthumous award, therefore the 2015 project will be chosen by Jane Beck. One of the highlights of this luncheon will be the announcement of the project to which the honorees’ award will be gifted.
Reservations are required. The cost is $30 per person, $20 for Hildene members and volunteers and includes admission to Hildene for the day. For more information or to make a reservation by July 21, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or [email protected]