Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2013 Preservation Award Winners
Walter Wales Hoeg

Walter Wales Hoeg • Gloucester

Local Preservationist

Walter Hoeg has been a community volunteer for more than 20 years in several South Shore communities, and has worked tirelessly for historic preservation in Kingston for the last 21 years. Mr. Hoeg was appointed as a member of the Kingston Historical Commission in 1992, and served later as its Secretary and its Chair; he is now the Historical Commission’s Vice-Chairperson. Mr. Hoeg has always been the first to walk historic properties or review documents. With the Historical Commission, Mr. Hoeg has assisted with a comprehensive survey that documented more than 300 properties in Kingston, the creation of a demolition delay bylaw, and the development of a historic walking tour of Kingston, and he was instrumental in the rescue and relocation of the historic Town Powder House.

Mr. Hoeg has also assisted in developing and implementing the town’s Scenic Roads Program, and in drafting and acquiring the preservation grant for an archaeological reconnaissance survey of the town. He was instrumental in convincing MassDOT to preserve the truss sides of the 1889 Elm Street Bridge, which is currently being replaced under the Commonwealth’s accelerated bridge program. Mr. Hoeg works as a liaison with town officials on Historical Commission matters, making himself accessible to provide a seamless flow of information between town departments and the Commission. Even while hospitalized for illness in 2008, Mr. Hoeg kept himself informed of projects and activities before the Commission, and went back to work as soon as he was able. Mr. Hoeg is also a member of the Jones River Village Historical Society, a group of individuals who are very active in the preservation of the town’s history. A Marine Corps veteran and retired Naval officer, Mr. Hoeg has also volunteered as a high school wrestling coach and tutor. He is held in the highest regard in the community and beyond, and has shown stalwart dedication to all matters related to historic preservation.

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