The 2019 Greater Erie Awards will take place Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at JR’s Last Laugh in Downtown Erie.
The keynote speaker is Monica Rhodes,the Associate Director for HOPE (Hands-On Preservation Experience) Crew for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After earning her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Tulsa, she attended Temple University where she received a Masters in African American Studies. Seeking to acquire more technical skills to save historic places she then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Previous to her current position, Monica has also worked as a project manager for Partners in Preservation program with American Express and provided support for the Trust’s Washington field office. Throughout her career she has taken great joy in connecting people with the past, and is excited by the unique opportunity, HOPE Crew, to introduce a new audience to the world of historic preservation.
The Greater Erie Awards are presented annually by the board of Preservation Erie to individuals, businesses or organizations that are exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie. The springtime award reception also features a keynote address given by an acclaimed lecturer in the fields of historic preservation and urban planning.