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.