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The Stamford Historical Society
1508 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Contact: Laurel Cooley 203-329-1183

November 17, 2005

*For Immediate Release*

Margaret Bowen Receives Distinguished Advocate for Heritage Award

Margaret Bowen, long-time Stamford resident and Stamford Historical Society volunteer, was honored as a 2005 Distinguished Advocate for Heritage by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, during an awards ceremony held November 16 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. The awards ceremony preceded the statewide Governor’s Conference on Culture and Tourism, on November 17 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The two-day event, titled “Connect,” was presented by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in partnership with the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the River Valley Tourism Region.

The commission created the Distinguished Advocates Awards to recognize the exemplary contributions of community leaders, advocates and volunteers in the arts, film, television, media, historic preservation, heritage, history or tourism in Connecticut. Award winners were selected based on outstanding volunteer service, exceptional leadership and dedicated commitment, and a track record of supporting and advocating for the arts, history, film or tourism.

In June the Stamford Historical Society presented Bowen with the Virginia T. Davis Distinguished Service Award. She received the first annual Davis award in 1988, in recognition of her distinguished service.

Since moving to Stamford in 1963, Bowen has participated in Stamford’s Old House Survey, researched the local shoe and basket trade, and served on or chaired numerous society committees. Most recently, she researched and mounted the society’s current exhibit, Portrait of a Family: Stamford Through the Legacy of the Davenports, which opened in April and runs through March 31, 2006, at the society, located at 1508 High Ridge Road, in Stamford. In presenting the Davis award to Bowen, Ron Marcus, society librarian, said, “Her high standards of excellence prevailed, making this exhibit one of the landmark events in the long history of this organization.”

Margaret Bowen

Stamford Historical Society