Sumter's only synagogue, which houses the only Holocaust museum between Atlanta, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia, was recently recognized for its efforts to preserve history.
Gov. Henry McMaster presented the Historic Preservation Stewardship …
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Gov. Henry McMaster presented the Historic Preservation Stewardship Award to the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center on June 21 at the Statehouse. The honor marks the third award the center has won in the past few months, including the South Carolina Federation of Museums Award of Achievement and the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies Award of Merit, according to a news release.
"The Stewardship Awards recognize those who have ensured the ongoing preservation of historic buildings, structures or sites through long-term care, planning, management, protection or continuous ownership," the release said.
Up to five are presented each year to any individual, family, organization, government agency or business involved in the long-term care and management of historic buildings, structures or sites, including archaeological sites, cemeteries and landscapes, across the state.
The criteria the selection panel considered when awarding the honor included: length of stewardship; obstacles to overcome; impact on the community and/or state; demonstrated pattern of ongoing planning and management activities that are sensitive to the historic character and prevent deterioration of the historic property; and degree to which the nominee served as an outstanding example of long-term commitment to historic property stewardship.
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