2017 Paul Malo Award for Community Preservation Advocacy: Lynne J. Belluscio & Trude Brown Fitelson
  • Lynne J. Belluscio,                                                                                          Director, LeRoy Historical Society

Lynne J. Belluscio is an individual whose dedication, work and commitment to the Le Roy community has resulted in a wider awareness of and appreciation for its history and built environment.  Long active in historic preservation advocacy, Lynne has served as Director of the LeRoy Historical Society for over 20 years.  During that time, she has authored several books and over 1,000 articles on LeRoy history for the local “Pennysaver” newspaper.  During her tenure, the “Jell-O Gallery” was created on the Society’s campus.  This venue draws over 10,000 visitors each year and highlights “America’s Most Famous Dessert,” which was invented in LeRoy.  Lynne’s work with residents and elected officials has resulted in a new awareness of the historic resources in the community. An authority on 19th-century open hearth cooking, Lynne previously served as lead interpreter and director of special events at the Genesee Country Museum for 15 years.  Lynne has worked with a wide range of organizations, including the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies and the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums, an international organization for which she has served as a trustee.

  • Trude Brown Fitelson                                                                                           Thousand Island Park, Jefferson County

A Rochester native and a life-long summer resident of the Thousand Island Park community, Trude Brown Fitelson’s year-round preservation efforts have been described by some as a second career.  The National Register listing of Thousand Island Park and its protection are a testament to her remarkable patience, stamina, and perseverance.  Located on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River, this community began as a Methodist campground in 1875 and became a popular resort area by the turn of the century.  By the 1960s, however, the historic Victorian buildings in TIP were far past their heyday.  Beginning in the 1970s, Trude spearheaded on-going preservation awareness and rehabilitation projects in the park. A former trustee of The Landmark Society, Trude’s diligent work and preservation advocacy at TIP continues today, and have expanded to include projects with the Thousand Island Land Trust, the Antiques Boat Museum, and the Clayton Opera House.

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