Preservation Long Island’s Preservation Director, Sarah Kautz will be recognized for her work with the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest & Ninevah (SANS) Steering Committee’s years-long efforts to document, preserve and protect the historically African American vacation community. The Committee’s preservation advocacy culminated in the recent listing of the SANS Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Each year the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recognizes excellence in the preservation and rejuvenation of New York’s historic and cultural treasures. This year, Sarah, along with the SANS Steering Committee members, were presented with the 2019 New York State Historic Preservation Award on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the New York State Museum’s Huxley Auditorium in Albany. Additional Award recipients include SANS project partners Dr. Georgette Grier-Key and Renee V.H. Simons.

Click NYS Parks SANS Award Letter.11.5.19  to read Sarah’s official award letter from Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Preservation Long Island has been actively following and reporting on the progress of the SANS preservation efforts. To learn more about the SANS historic community, read our blogs and news items over the past year:

Blog Posts:

The Founding and Future of Sag Harbor’s Azurest Subdivision

The Visionary Women of Sag Harbor’s Historic Azurest Community

News Items:

SANS Moves Closer to National Register Listing

SANS Now Listed on the National Register

Congratulations to Sarah and the SANS Steering Committee Members for their well-deserved recognition!

Image by Trymaine Lee for Huffington Post, “Black Hamptons Enclaves Caught Between Change And Tradition”
Photo by Heather Walsh Courtesy of Wall St. Journal