Carol Griswold has been chosen to receive the 2013 Seward Historic Preservation Award by the Seward Historic Preservation Commission. It’s an award established to recognize the contributions of dedicated individuals or organizations who preserve aspects of Seward’s heritage. Griswold was recognized for the many beautiful interpretive signs she has created over the years that can be found along the walkways, bridges, and public parks of Seward. They provide historical insight and some interesting unknown details about these places, and the people they were named for such as Scheffler, Hoben, Kawabe, Branson and Williams. The signs include historical photographs, stories, sayings and paintings. Griswold also takes detailed photographs documenting important daily events and interesting things seen in Seward, such as the recent launching of the M/V Tustumena, the visit of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy; the Loram rail grinder; Seward Harbor D-Float replacement project; Paul Allen’s helicopter and the super yacht Octopus; and Seward airstrip flooding-to name just a few. These photographs and information are posted and printed regularly in the local media for posterity.
“Griswold’s work and tireless efforts assure that our current activities are recorded, thus creating a local legacy for the future of Seward, much the same as Sylvia Sexton, whose numerous photos from the early part of the nineteenth century reveal Seward’s past,” said the City of Seward’s proclamation.
At Monday’s City Council meeting, John French, speaking on behalf of the Historic Preservation Commission, called Griswold well deserving of the award, and invited local citizens to keep their eyes out for other potential candidates. Griswold thanked the many people who have helped her by providing historical photographs and information, helping assure that the interpretive signs are accurate. They included historian Lee Poleske, and City Planner Donna Glenz. She also noted that Pat Williams, a living Seward legend, will turn 104 next Sunday.