TRENTON, NJ -
Deborah Marquis Kelly, of Crosswicks, is the latest recipient of the Beulah Oliphant Award, celebrating her 28 years of historic preservation in New Jersey. She received the award Thursday, March 19th, at The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey.
Kelly sat down with WBNC's Ben Wolverton early Wednesday morning to be interviewed for our podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety at the top of this article.
Kelly began her preservation work at Heritage Studies, working for Connie Greiff, while pursuing her MS in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has co-created the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail.
Locally, Kelly has served on Chesterfield Township's Planning Board, the Elementary School Board of Education, and is currently on the Chesterfield Township Historical Society board.
The Beulah Oliphant Award is named after the woman who led the effort to preserve the Old Barracks, which became a museum in 1902. The Barracks was advertised for sale, and Mrs. Oliphant and three other Trenton women worked for three years to raise the $6,317 to purchase the building. In 1902, the Old Barracks Association was incorporated and a museum established.
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