Fritz Wetherbee to speak at Annual Historic Preservation Awards (he’ll tell you the story)

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Fritz Wetherbee
Fritz Wetherbee

MANCHESTER, NH – Fritz Wetherbee will be the guest speaker at the 23rd annual Historic Preservation Awards presented by the Manchester Historic Association at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street.

The program recognizes and supports the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, traditions and other historic resources in the Queen City.

The list of 2015 honorees are:

  • Individual Achievement Award: Ralph Sidore
  • Private Development Award: Wieczorek Insurance Agency
  • Conservation of Natural and Structural Resources: Manchester Water Works
  • Neighborhood Improvement Award: Craig R. St. Pierre
  • Restoration of a City Landmark Award: Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church
  • Homeowner’s Award: Amy & Josh Tessier for 329 River Road
  • Traditional Trade Award: Louis P. Cote, Inc.
  • Century Club: This is a new category of recognition and the MHA will acknowledge two institutions this year that have reached the milestone of 100 years. The city’s Carpenter Memorial Library and Palace Theatre will be recognized.

About Fritz Wetherbee:

Wetherbee, of Acworth, is a veteran of New Hampshire’s airwaves and has been a regular on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle since 2001.  One of his segments earned an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2011. Wetherbee also earned a NH Historic Preservation Award in 1993.  Wetherbee has worked in radio and television throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts since 1969 and has been nominated for New England Emmy Awards more than a dozen times, winning five.

Wetherbee has published eight books including his latest, “Fritz Wetherbee, Milestone.”  The books are collections of stories he has written for Chronicle. He has received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Rivier College (2009) and New England College (2013).  He has also received Granite State Awards from both Plymouth State University (2009) and the University of New Hampshire (2013).

Arthur Sullivan of Manchester, principal partner of Brady Sullivan Properties, will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event.

The Historic Preservation Awards are open to the public.  Tickets are $85 each ($75 for MHA members), or $600 for a table of eight. Reservations may be made by calling (603) 622-7531, or online at

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