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Courtneys earn Historic Madison Inc.’s 2016 Preservation Award

They bought, renovated former Vail-holt Funeral Home

(January 2016) – Bob and Tammy Courtney, life-long residents of Madison, Ind., have devoted their time and financial resources into promoting the city and preserving multiple historic structures within the downtown Historic National Landmark District. Perhaps their most visible project is the rehabilitation of the former Vail-Holt Funeral Home at 402 W. Main St. into an event center, guest suite and office.

Photo by Patti Watson

Tammy Courtney poses in front of The Fountain Building, a former funeral home that she and her husband, Bob, renovated into a guest suite and office.

To recognize their efforts, the Board of Directors of Historic Madison Inc. on Dec. 9 presented the couple with the Dorothy Inglis Reindollar Historic Preservation Award during the organization’s Holiday Gathering, held at the Shrewsbury House in downtown Madison. The award is presented each year to honor the memory of Reindollar, a long-time community leader and preservationist and to recognizing exemplary preservation or restoration accomplishments occurring within Madison and Jefferson County, Ind.
HMI also presented a special Community Heritage Award and honored its many volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition and Holiday Gathering. The Community Heritage Award was presented to Dave Adams as “The Ambassador of Madison” for his many years and consistent efforts to promote and improve Madison and its historic charm.
Awards also were presented to volunteers in four categories – HMI Board Member of the Year, Docent of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Special Project of the Year. 
Jill Wiest was awarded HMI Board Member of the Year for the many ways in which she supports the organization. Sue Graham was awarded the Docent of the Year Award for her many hours volunteering at the Jeremiah Sullivan House and Dr. Hutchings Office.

Photo by Patti Watson

Dave Adams was named HMI’s “The Ambassador of Madison.”

The Special Volunteer of the Year recipient was Sally Staley for leading the Weaving Guild, which produces traditional woven rugs for sale in support of HMI. Gail Karns was recognized for the Special Project of the Year for leading the rehabilitation of the Jeremiah Sullivan House garden.
Other volunteers were recognized for contributions of time and talent staffing the organization’s museum properties and other related activities.
HMI, a not-for-profit historic preservation organization, has played a key role in the preservation, restoration, education and development of Madison’s National Historic Landmark District.

The organization owns and operates 15 historic properties and boasts a very active pool of volunteers.

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