2000 Heritage Awards
Each year, through its Heritage Awards Program, the Utah Heritage Foundation recognizes projects, organizations, and individuals throughout the state that exemplify a commitment to excellence in preservation. In 2000, the Foundation presented nine Heritage Awards and a Lucybeth Rampton Award at a ceremony on October 19, held at the Grand Building of the Utah State Fairpark. Each award recipient offers a model for meeting the challenges of preservation that others can draw on in their own endeavors. As a group, the recipients represent the many and varied ways preservation is accomplished in our communities. They include the renovation of a local landmark, adaptive use projects, a dedicated homeowner, innovative partnerships, a teaching program, and incredible preservation volunteers. Utah Heritage Foundation congratulates all of the award recipients and thanks them for their contributions to preserving Utah's architectural heritage.
Dr. Alder is the voice of preservation in southern Utah. His vision, leadership, and influence have been critical in the success of numerous preservation projects and in raising community awareness of the value of heritage.
Dr. Alder moved to St. George in 1986 to serve as president of Dixie College after teaching European History for 23 years at Utah State University. His respected position as a college president made him a effective preservation advocate able to open doors and build partnerships in the St. George community. His boundless energy, optimism, and willingness to take action inspire others to join him in preserving local heritage.
Dr. Alder became president of the Washington County Historical Society in 1996. During his two-year term, the membership and influence of the organization grew dramatically. At the same time, Dr. Alder created and organized "St. George Live." This ongoing program of first person historical re-enactments at ten historic sites draws on the talents of over 175 volunteers to share the history of St. George with visitors and school children everyday each summer. Dr. Alder also researched and wrote, along with Dr. Karl Brooks, the official Washington County history for Utah's Centennial.
Dr. Alder was a founding member of the Grafton Heritage Partnership. His political expertise helped bring state and federal funds to the successful effort to preserve Grafton and its surrounding environment. He has also served on various preservation-oriented committees in St. George, including the Pioneer Center for the Arts Steering Committee and the Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board.
Dr. Alder sees -- and loves -- history as a whole. His activities as a preservationist, a local historian, and a history professor have helped create a climate supportive of preserving local heritage southern Utah. His gentle but firm ability to get things done has made Dr. Alder an invaluable asset to Utah's preservation movement.