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Heritage Commission to Present Hickman Awards
April 11, 2013

The Independence Heritage Commission will honor two recipients with W. Z. Hickman Awards for Historic Preservation at the City Council Meeting Monday, April 15, 2013. 

The Hickman Awards recognize outstanding contributions to historic preservation in Independence by individuals, organizations, and projects. Historic Preservation Manager Heather Carpini said, “We would like to thank everyone that took the opportunity to submit a nomination. We have so many great individuals and projects in Independence and we would love to recognize all of them.”

The 2013 Hickman Award winners are:

·        Building Preservation, Restoration, and Rehabilitation: Stone-Gamble House (Silver Heart Inn), 1114 South Noland Road, Melanie and Perry Johnson

The Stone-Gamble House, 1114 South Noland Road, incorporates more than 150 years of history under its roof. Originally part of a larger, Greek Revival home that was built for Napoleon Bonaparte Stone around 1856, the house was separated from its front half in the 1920s by Judge George W. Jennings. Under the ownership of the Gamble family, beginning in the 1940s, the house was slowly converted from apartments back to a single family residence. The newest owners, Melanie and Perry Johnson, have combined their desire to operate a Bed and Breakfast with their love of the Stone-Gamble House’s history to give the home a new purpose. Not only are they beginning an establishment they hope will thrive for years and bring visitors to Independence to share our history, but they are also preserving a rare historical and architectural legacy in our City.

·        Distinguished Service: Beverly Shaw

Beverly Shaw has been sharing her passion for local history for more than 20 years. In addition to serving as the treasurer and assistant newsletter editor for the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, Shaw has also dedicated time to the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse and the Westport Historical Society. She loves to share her knowledge with others, creating an appreciation for history and historic preservation by publishing the Border Star newsletter and a monthly calendar of Civil War events in the Kansas City Metro area. She has also been instrumental in obtaining funding for educational materials published by the Civil War Round Table and in organizing a successful Antebellum Homes Tour in Independence in 2012.

For more information, contact Historic Preservation Manager Heather Carpini at (816) 325-7419 or hcarpini@indepmo.org.

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