2017 Pioneer in Partnership Award
Ghlee E. Woodworth, Author & Historian, Newburyport: in recognition of her leadership and stewardship of the region’s Cultural Heritage. As Newburyport’s Mayor Donna Holaday recently said about Ghlee, “She has made a tremendous impact on telling the story of Newburyport from … the Clipper Heritage Trail, (her) numerous presentations to (visiting) groups … and informal meetings with family, friends, and tourists who are seeking information … Ghlee is invaluable to our city!” One of Ghlee’s many accomplishments includes her creation and design of the award-winning Clipper Heritage Trail in 2010, an online series of self-guided history tours. She is also the author of the award-winning book Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, Oak Hill Cemetery which discusses the lives of past residents of Newburyport and their contributions to the city. She has also been involved in several gravestone restoration projects including Old Hill Burying Ground and Oak Hill Cemetery, resulting in the restoration of 1,400 historic gravestones, as well as Hampton Falls and Salisbury resulting in the restoration of over 200 gravestones. She has guided countless cemetery tours that now include Old Hill Burying Ground, Highland Cemetery, African American History, and the Abolitionist Movement. As a trustee for Oak Hill Cemetery, Ghlee helped raise over $100,000 for tree restoration and the ongoing restoration of the historic Brown Chapel.