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Locals receive awards for historic preservation efforts

Locals receive awards for historic preservation efforts

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Eleven awards will be given out today for county residents and groups that have worked to preserve history.

The Lewis and Clark County Heritage Tourism Council annually recognizes people and groups for their contributions to historic preservation.

The council is honoring the following people and organizations: Ann and Tom Dooling; Lorretta Lynde; Ryan and Freda Wilkinson; Lewis and Clark County; Joyce Kronholm; Vicky MacLean; Flora Wong; 2nd U.S. Calvary Association; Ron Mercer and Hugh “Bud” Kelleher; and the Helena Regional Airport.

Attardo says those people and organizations are being recognized for recent contributions. Paul Putz, however, is being recognized for his lifetime contributions. Putz is being presented with the council’s Herb Jacobson Award.

Helena Resident Ray Read nominated Putz for the lifetime achievement award based on his dedication to historic preservation.

Putz became involved in preserving history when joined the South Dakota State Preservation Center shortly after graduating from South Dakota State University. He worked as the center’s director for 15 years before moving to Montana in 1995 when he accepted the position of state historical preservation officer at the Montana Historical Society. Seven years later he became the historic preservation officer for the city of Helena and Lewis and Clark County.

Read said Putz promoted innovative and unique historical programs and embarked on an exhausting agenda of issues including document retention and archiving; the historic Helena Trolley No. 3; and legislation.

“During Paul’s tenure he provided sage guidance, conducted resources reviews for many historic properties throughout the County, from Augusta and Lincoln to the historically significant areas around Helena,” Read wrote. “Paul has been also instrumental in assisting and collaborating with local history programs and groups/societies in the community of York, Marysville, East Helena, Augusta and Lincoln as well as the surrounding rural properties in Lewis & Clark County.”

The 2nd U.S. Cavalry Association was nominated by Vincent Pontillo, of Helena.

The calvary is known as the Montana Battalion and served in Montana from 1866 to 1900. The 2nd U.S. Cavalry Association is a living history veteran’s organization dedicated to the preservation of the customs, ceremonies, living conditions, lifestyles and manners of military dress of the Montana cavalry trooper from 1865 to 1916.

The group participates in history fairs, parades, honor guards and other living history events throughout Montana. The larger living history events include Fort Benton’s summer celebration, Fourth of July at the Big Hole Battlegield, Old Bannack Days and the Helena Wild West Fest.

“As the only registered cavalry living history organization in Montana, the 2nd has attended events throughout the state since our formation in 2003,” Pontillo wrote. “During these events, we present a historically correct image of history.”

MacLean was nominated by the York Historical Society Board for her work on “The Helena National Forest — the Early Days: A history of the forest and the people who worked and lived there.”

County Preservation Officer Pam Attardo nominated Kronholm for her contributions through the Helena Walking Tours she began in 2006.

“Joyce unflaggingly gave these tours every weekend of the summer, generously donating all the proceeds of her tours to the Lewis and Clark County Historical Society,” Attardo wrote. “She has continued these tours up to the present, with some help on occasional dates from volunteers.”

The award luncheon is scheduled for today at the Montana Club.

For more information about the awards contact Attardo at 447-8357.

Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081, or


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