Professor of Art History Rand Carter was honored with a Distinguished Service/Lifetime Achievement Award by the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica at its annual meeting and banquet on Nov. 17.
During the 1990s Carter served two terms as vice-president and two terms as president of the Society. He edited the society's newsletter, writing numerous articles about historic buildings and sites in Utica, and also wrote three guide books in the Historic Utica Series: Four Walking Tours in the Scenic and Historic District, a Guide to Forest Hill Cemetery, and a Guide to Outdoor Sculpture. In addition Carter chaired the program committee, arranging events and tours, and was the first chair of Utica's Commission on Scenic and Historic Preservation. During the past several decades he has conducted numerous tours of Utica's neighborhoods and historic sites.
The citation presented to Carter read:
“Rand is a passionate advocate for heritage structures and sites, who promoted responsible historic preservation practices well before it was fashionable. His knowledge and guidance have helped many historic property owners to maintain their properties, thereby adding value to the quality of life for the city's residents while protecting our irreplaceable buildings and districts. For his lifetime of remarkable and distinguished service The Board of Trustees of the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica bestows upon Rand Carter our highest award, and we include him as an Emeritus Trustee:
For your nearly two decades of unwavering dedication to the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, and for believing in the mission and the vision of preservation and education that embodies the essence of the Landmarks Society
For your four-year tenure as President of the Board of Trustees, which saw the development of our signature publications: The Forest Hill Cemetery Guide, The Outdoor Sculpture Brochure, and Historic Utica (Four Walking Tours in the Scenic & Historic District)
For your dedicated service as the Landmarks representative on the Scenic and Historic Commission
For presenting countless Walking Tours, lectures and presentations as part of the Landmarks Speakers Bureau
For presiding over the first generation of Utica Monday Nite Landmarks “Walks & Talks”
For orchestrating a number of fascinating and educational Motor Coach Tours
For being the editor and chief writer of the Landmarks News Bulletin from 1995 – 1999
For all this, your knowledge, your insight, your enthusiasm, your passion and for your contributions yet to come, it is not possible to honor you enough. From all of our Trustees past and present, our most sincere thank you for a lifetime of distinguished service and achievement.”