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Historic Preservation Award Nominations Open
February 12, 2013

Nominations for the annual W. Z. Hickman Awards for Historic Preservation are being accepted by the Independence Heritage Commission through Friday, March 22.

Independence Historic Preservation Manager Heather Carpini said the awards were started in 2001 “to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations and projects that display an exemplary commitment to historic preservation in Independence.”

In 2002, the awards were given the name “The W. Z. Hickman Awards for Historic Preservation” in honor of the pioneering efforts of W. Z. Hickman, one of the city’s first historic preservationists.

In addition to being considered an authority on matters of local history, William Zere Hickman (1845 – 1921) also organized the “Old Plainsmen’s Association” of 1909 and assisted the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution in marking the original path of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1916 Hickman led a city-wide movement to see the 1827 Log Courthouse preserved and restored and in 1921 he authored the book “History of Jackson County.”

Projects and individuals may be nominated for an award in one of the following categories:

  • Building(s) Preservation, Restoration, and Rehabilitation – Recognizes exemplary efforts by an individual property owner or organization in: retention of the form, integrity and materials of a historic property; restoration of a historic building to an earlier or original appearance; or, rehabilitation of a historic building for reuse through repair, alterations and additions that preserve those portions or features which convey the building’s historical, cultural or architectural significance.

  • Distinguished Service - Recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation efforts in Independence through advocacy, education and outreach, and philanthropy.  

  • Distinguished Volunteer – Recognizes an individual volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to historic preservation efforts at an Independence Historic Site through advocacy, education and outreach, and philanthropy.

  • Visual Enhancements (landscaping, fences, signage, etc.) – Recognizes exemplary efforts by an individual property owner or organization in the enhancement of a historic site or neighborhood through the addition of features that solely or collectively beautify the City's historic landscape.

A complete list of nomination guidelines, requirements and a nomination form may be found on the City’s website at

Award nominations can be mailed or delivered to: Historic Preservation Awards, Independence Heritage Commission, c/o City of Independence Historic Preservation Division, 111 E. Maple Ave., Independence, MO 64050.

The awards will be presented at the second City Council meeting in April as part of the annual celebration of Historic Preservation Month. Preservation Month is a national celebration and is co-sponsored with the City of Independence by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For more information, contact Historic Preservation Manager Heather Carpini at (816) 325-7419 or


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