Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2006 Preservation Award Winners
Margaret Carroll • Millville
 
Margaret Carroll • Millville

Local Preservationist

Margaret Carroll has been an advocate for historic preservation in her hometown of Millville, and the greater Blackstone River Valley, for many decades. A charter member and chairman of the Millville Historical Commission since 1990, Ms. Carroll has dedicated herself to protecting the region’s historic resources and promoting public education. She was instrumental in the completion of a survey of Millville’s historic buildings, structures, sites, and objects, and was involved in the nomination of the Central Street and Main Street Historic Districts to the National Register of Historic Places. As a member of the Chestnut Hill Meeting House and Cemetery Association, she has conducted numerous educational tours and programs, has written a variety of interpretive materials, and coordinated the Grave Marker Program. She also played an active role in the adaptive reuse of the Longfellow School into the Longfellow Municipal Center, ensuring the preservation of the building’s decorative elements and creating a plan to make the building accessible.

Ms. Carroll was a charter member of the Volunteers in Parks Program with the National Park Service, and earned an award for her 4,000 hours of volunteer service. Her dedication and commitment were recognized in 2001 when she received the John H. Chafee Award from the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission. To those who have worked with her, Ms. Carroll is, above all, an educator. A teacher in the Blackstone-Millville School District for 37 years, she has done much to inspire students to understand the importance of history and the power of historic places. The Millville Public Library refers all questions on local history to Ms. Carroll, who is always available to teach about the region’s rich history. Millville and the Blackstone River Valley are fortunate to have such a dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable advocate, making Margaret Carroll a deserving recipient of a Local Preservationist Award.

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