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Westfield Historical Society Annual Dinner

Robert Wendel

Thursday, May 8, 2014 • 5:53pm

On May 28 at 5:30 p.m., the Westfield Historical Society will be having their Annual Dinner at the Echo Lake Country Club. The highlight of what is guaranteed to be a special evening will be speaker Dorothy Guzzo. She will discuss why preserving our heritage is so critical to not only that special sense of “place” that we all share but also why it can and should be a conduit for economic rejuvenation in our communities.

Preserving our historic sites is key to leveraging communities that may have had a vibrant industrial past with its former associated wealth but now seek to restore their towns by transforming their past into a new avenue of economic expansion and revitalization. Tourism rooted in a historically enhanced retail environment mixed with technology oriented burgeoning enterprise provides the foundational platform for suburban and urban economic expansion.

Dorothy P. Guzzo was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust in February, 2008.  Under the direction of a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, the Historic Trust was created in 1967 to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities. The Historic Trust is responsible for administering the historic preservation matching grant and loan programs. 

From 1995 to 2008, Ms. Guzzo served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of New Jersey.  As the federally recognized State Historic Preservation Office, she oversaw the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, project certification to qualify for Investment Tax Credits, certifying local governments for implementing programs on the municipal level, historic and archaeological resource inventory and resource protection through state and federal regulations. Prior to her appointment in 1995, Ms. Guzzo was employed by the same Department as a grants and project manager overseeing the restoration and development of the state-owned historic sites. 

Ms. Guzzo previously served on the not-for-profit Board of Directors for the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, ex officio to the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Trust and Main Street New Jersey Board of Advisors and was the past Chair of the Alice Paul Institute.  She has held elected office, and served on her municipal planning board and local historic preservation commission.  Ms. Guzzo served on the New Jersey Heritage Tourism Task Force, charged with creating a Heritage Tourism Masterplan for the state of New Jersey.

With an engaged membership, The Westfield Historical Society strives to preserve and share Westfield’s rich heritage for future generations. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The dinner costs $55 for members and $60 for non-members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact the Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794 or email at info@westfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

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