SOUTH STERLING - The Greene-Dreher Historical Society recently awarded their Historic Preservation Awards for 2017 at their annual Christmas luncheon at the Station House in Gouldsboro. Each year the Society honors efforts to preserve local historical buildings and residences and the work of individuals who support our mission to protect the history of Greene and Dreher Townships.

The 2017 Historic Preservation Award for Individuals was presented to Thomas Clark Madden and Franklin MacFarland Madden for their numerous contributions to the preservation of our local history.

As long-standing Century Club members, Tom and Frank Madden have supported the Historical Society in numerous ways, including writing articles for The Greene Hills of Home, furnishing photographs, documents and family genealogy, participating in the Veterans History Project, and providing monetary support for the Society’s publications. The award was presented to Frank Madden by Diane Smith, Publications Chair.

The 2017 Historic Preservation Award was presented to John Wesley Akers, Jr., known as Jack, for the preservation of the history and architectural integrity of his ancestral home, built by Charles W. and Sarah (Ansley) Akers, circa 1876, in South Sterling. The house has had few modifications made to the interior or exterior since it was built in the mid-1870s and is an excellent example of houses built in its time period. Sue Akers Reichman and Ross Reichman accepted the award from Jeanne Brown, President, on behalf of Jack Akers.

The awards and luncheon capped off another successful calendar of historical events for 2017.  In 2018, the Greene-Dreher Historical Society will continue their commitment to assure that the legacy of Greene and Dreher Townships be preserved for future generations through education, publishing, and community partnerships.

For more information about the Greene-Dreher Historical Society, visit online at; email or call 570-676-4354. They also have a Facebook page.