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Spirit of Preservation award winners announced

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local businessman Mark Straus and the George S. Bolster Collection at the Saratoga Springs History Museum will be honored for their unique contributions to the preservation and rehabilitation of Saratoga Springs at 6 p.m. May 17 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Straus and the Bolster collection will receive the 2013 Spirit of Preservation awards from the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

The George S. Bolster Collection of the Saratoga Springs History Museum will be recognized for its contributions to preserving the rich architecture and history of Saratoga Springs. Through collecting images of notable early photographers, George Bolster left an invaluable resource of 325,000 images to the community.

Straus will be honored for his 40-year commitment to the stewardship of Saratoga Springs’ historic buildings. In the early 1970s, his goal was to breathe new life into the city’s struggling downtown by creating an exciting streetscape to draw residents and visitors to shop locally-owned businesses, including his own retail shop, Mabou.

In addition, Straus was instrumental in helping to purchase and complete the first rehabilitation of the York Avenue Waldorf School building.

Tickets to the 2013 Spirit of Preservation Celebration at the Saratoga Springs City Center are now available. Tickets are $55 for Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation members and $65 for non-members or $40 for those 40 years or under. For more information and to reserve tickets call 587-5030.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Preservation Foundation’s online store:

The celebration will include catered foods and drink and an awards ceremony for the honorees, presented by speakers Julia Stokes and David Marcell.

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