Congratulations to Pittsford Town and Village Historian Audrey Johnson - honored with the Julia Reinstein Career Achievement Award by the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. Audrey's wealth of knowledge, her commitment to preserving and sharing our history and her love of our community have been the hallmarks of her service to Pittsford for more than 43 years. Many thanks Audrey for all you've done, and for all you continue to do, for Pittsford. Well deserved!
Read the GAHWNY award presentation information below.
Photo: GAHWNY Executive Council Chair and Wyoming County Historian, Cindy Amrhein, presenting the Julia Reinstein Career Achievement Award to Pittsford Town and Village Historian Audrey Maxfield Johnson.
Award presentation by the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York, 10/2/22:
Congratulations to one of our Julia Reinstein Career Achievement Award recipients, Audrey Maxfield Johnson, Town and Village of Pittsford Historian, Monroe County!
Audrey has served as historian for the town and village of Pittsford for a remarkable 43 years. She has also served as a board member of Historic Pittsford, a historic preservation organization.
To maintain visibility as historian and educate the community, Audrey has written dozens of historical articles and co-authored an Arcadia “Images of America” book about Pittsford. She has presented programs to school groups, businesses, and organizations. Her programming for the local senior center has been particularly popular and is always full to capacity.
To document the many voices of Pittsford residents, Audrey interviewed multi-generational families and the recordings were aired as segments called “Pittsford Personalities” on the local cable channel.
Audrey has coordinated a number of anniversary events, demonstrating commitment to involving the community and the vision to make it happen. In 2020, she was involved in planning an event to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment. In 2021, she helped coordinate a 25th-anniversary celebration of Pittsford’s award-winning land conservation initiative, Greenprint. Most recently, Audrey provided the vision and helped plan a month-long bicentennial celebration of the Erie Canal completion through Pittsford. The events drew more than 400 community members to enjoy presentations, music, storytelling, historical walking tours, trivia, and a twilight cruise on a replica packet boat.
Audrey remains involved in the community and continues to share her deep knowledge and passion for history with the residents of Pittsford.
Thank you for your service, Audrey!