Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2009 Preservation Award Winners
Alan Mayo Templeton Local Preservationist
 
Historic New England

First hired as the Templeton Cemetery and Parks Department foreman in 1986, Alan Mayo has served as the Cemetery and Parks Superintendent since 1990, and during this time has fostered the preservation of the town's historic sites, including Pine Grove and Greenlawn cemeteries and Templeton Common. Mr. Mayo has worked on projects to preserve and restore many of the town's historic treasures, and has also advanced the ways in which the Cemetery and Parks Department addresses its historic landscapes. Prior to 1990, the department performed minor repairs to stones, monuments, and structures. Since Mr. Mayo's appointment to the position of superintendent, the department has completed many stone restoration projects, following the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) standards.

In 2000, Mr. Mayo successfully applied for a Department of Environmental Management grant for emergency tree stabilization and the development of a preservation plan for the Common Burial Ground. This was the town's first grant ever for historic preservation purposes, and with it Mr. Mayo changed the way the town approached the stewardship of its historic resources. Mr. Mayo subsequently obtained additional grant support from organizations such as FEMA for the repair of stones damaged in a 2008 ice storm, and from the Massachusetts Historical Commission for the restoration of the World War I Monument on the Common. The monument, a life-sized bronze sculpture of an American World War I soldier on a four-foot granite base, is a contributing object in the Templeton Common National Register District. In promoting municipal preservation efforts, Mr. Mayo has served on the Templeton Common Improvement Committee, the Templeton Burial Ground Committee, and the World War I Preservation Committee. From 2007 to 2009, he also served on the Building Committee for the Restoration and Preservation of the First Church on Templeton Common. Templeton is fortunate to have Mr. Mayo caring for the town's municipally owned historic sites and ensuring that the Cemetery and Parks Department goes above and beyond in its quest to preserve these resources for generations to come.

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