Congratulations to scholar alumna Elizabeth Watson on this prestigious recognition!
“Elizabeth Watson has been a lifelong innovator working to enhance rural communities and landscapes. She has devoted her career to educating non-planner stakeholders about the benefits of protecting heritage assets and reinforcing communities’ capacity for effective action. She co-authored Saving America’s Countryside, the rural planning guidebook that inspired a generation of practitioners, work that included the groundbreaking listing of 25 square miles of Oley, Pennsylvania, on the National Register. One of her greatest achievements was leading the movement to establish a system of National Heritage Areas when just three existed; today Congress has recognized 49 of these unique American regions.”