May 12, 2007

SAF President William R. Mitchell, Jr., to receive
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Mary Gregory Jewett Award in Brunswick, GA, May 19, 2007

Atlanta, Georgia – William R. Mitchell, Jr., president of Southern Architecture Foundation, Inc., will receive the top award of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on May 19, 2007, at the Trust’s annual meeting and Spring Ramble in Brunswick, Georgia.  Named for Mary Gregory Jewett (1908-1976), the Georgia Trust’s founding president, the Jewett Award was established soon after Mrs. Jewett’s death and, from time to time, is presented by its board of trustees.  In 1973, with Mary Jewett, Bill Mitchell was an incorporating trustee of this Atlanta-based nonprofit, now the nation’s largest statewide historic preservation organization. 

 In the years since its founding, Mitchell, an Atlanta native and ninth-generation Georgian, has been an active Trust participant and a leading historic preservationist.  He is the author of the Trust publication, J. Neel Reid, Architect, issued in 1997 and now in the second printing.  The sale of this popular 250 page hardbound monograph helps fund the Trust’s J. Neel Reid Prize, awarded annually to a deserving young architect, for educational travel.  Mitchell serves on the Reid Prize committee, which the Trust established in 2001.

 Bill Mitchell, the author of seventeen books, was founding president of the nonprofit Southern Architecture Foundation in 1998.  He and SAF, Inc. are establishing the Mitchell Southern Architecture Collection at the Atlanta History Center, based on his professional library and papers. 

 Appropriately, Mr. Mitchell began his historic preservation and architectural history career in 1964 as Mary Gregory Jewett’s staff historian in the Georgia Historical Commission.  Mrs. Jewett headed this state agency, which helped spawn the Georgia Trust thirty-four years ago.

 According to the Jewett Award citation:  “This is the Georgia Trust’s highest honor and recognizes an individual who has a long and outstanding history of dedication and distinguished statewide service in historic preservation.  Bill Mitchell has been an important advocate and educator for historic preservation for over 40 years.”


SAF President Receives the Most Prestigious Award of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
at that organization's Annual Meeting and Spring Ramble in Brunswick, Georgia on May 19, 2007


From the Georgia Trust Newsletter, May/June 2007


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