Deborah Cox, President and Steve Olausen, Executive Director, Receiving the 2014 Rhody Award



Deborah Cox Honored by the Pawtucket Foundation

PAL President Deborah Cox was honored with the Pawtucket Foundation’s Special Distinction Award at its annual Awards Celebration on April 7, 2015. The Pawtucket Foundation represents the business and not-for-profit sectors as an advocate and catalyst for downtown, riverfront and transportation gateway enhancements within the City of Pawtucket. Held each spring, the annual Awards Celebration offers an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to Pawtucket. The recipients embody civic leadership and entrepreneurship representative of the Pawtucket Foundation's core values: collaboration, vision, sustainability, quality of place and excellence.

The Special Distinction Award is given to leaders who make outstanding contributions to Pawtucket through their businesses and their efforts to revitalize downtown Pawtucket. Deborah and PAL were recognized for their outstanding reputation in the field of Cultural Resource Management and commitment to the Preservation of Pawtucket for saving and restoring the historic To Kalon Club clubhouse for use as our headquarters. PAL has been based in Pawtucket since 1985 and currently employs more than 50 cultural resource management professionals and administrative staff.

PAL Receives Historic Preservation Project Award

In October 2013, Deborah Cox and Stephen Olausen accepted a Rhody Historic Preservation Award for the rehabilitation of the former To Kalon Club, which now serves as PAL’s office. The Rhody Award program is sponsored by the Preserve Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission to recognize outstanding historic preservation achievements in the state. The To Kalon Club was a prominent Pawtucket social club and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Quality Hill Historic District. The rehabilitation of the clubhouse was done in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and received Federal Historic Preservation tax credits.

National Council on Public History’s 2013 Excellence in Consulting Award

PAL was awarded honorable mention for the National Council on Public History’s 2013 Excellence in Consulting Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of public history through consulting or contract work. The award was based on the quality of National Register of Historic Places documentation we have prepared for the National Park Service over the past few years.

In the notice of the award, the NCHP wrote that “National Register documentation on National Park System units plays a crucial role in guiding interpretation and management of important historic sites. Public Archaeology Laboratory’s recent work on sites in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions demonstrates the value of high-quality documentation.” The award will be formally announced at the NCHP’s upcoming annual conference in Ottawa, Canada (April 17-20). 

Rhody Award for Historic Preservation 2009

Presented by Preserve Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission for PAL’s Preservation Project State Farm Cemetery Study and Reburial, Cranston, Rhode Island.

The 5th Annual Transportation Innovators Award 2009

Presented by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to Jay Waller, Jr., and PAL for "The sensitivity and care given to the relocation and reinternment of the remains discovered along Route 37."

Outstanding Stewards of American Water’s Award for Public Education 2009

Presented by the National Hydropower Association to TransCanada for their Vernon Station Documentation Video Honoring the Past, Powering the Future.  PAL, in association with Vermont Studios, created this high-definition video for regional distribution to schools, libraries, and museums for the purposes of interpreting the historical value of Vernon Station and documenting the challenging re-powering project with a unique, up close view of the transition between old and new technology.

Massachusetts Historic Preservation Award for Educational Programs 2007

Presented to PAL for their educational display on archaeological investigations conducted for the Pine Hawk Site produced for the Town of Acton.

American Planning Association Public Education Award 2004

Presented to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for it's publication, prepared by PAL, Reading the Land – Massachusetts Heritage Landscapes: A Guide to Identification and Protection.

Historic Preservation Merit Award in the Design for Transportation National Awards 2000

Presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation for PAL’s work at the Whitman Roundhouse Park, Whitman, MA.

The Frederick C. Williamson Professional Service Award 1997

Presented by the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission for:"Bringing the content and excitement of archaeology to thousands of southern New Englanders. PAL demonstrates high professional standards and engaged the public meaningfully. Through workshops, walking tours, lectures, exhibits, and publications they have immeasurably aided the cause of archaeology in Rhode Island."