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Karen Lang Kummer




The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA) was incorporated in 1981, spearheaded by the respected urban planner, Lachlan Blair. Ms. Kummer, who had recently completed a degree in architectural history with a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Virginia, was selected to serve as the associationís first (and only) executive director. Under her leadership over the past two decades, PACA has orchestrated funding for community and University of Illinois architectural surveys. An annual awards and Heritage Grant programs have been established, along with numerous educational programs from architectural tours to hands-on restoration workshops. A 5,000-square-foot warehouse of salvaged architectural elements is staffed by PACA volunteers who have assisted countless property owners with their restoration projects.

As Ms. Kummer plans for her upcoming retirement, this award recognizes her tireless support of the cause and her numerous achievements in educating the public and elected officials about the importance of historic preservation.






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