Resilience, leadership, courage and strategic outlook are the traits of America’s First Female Industrialist, ironmaster Rebecca Lukens. These same traits are present in the impactful work of Karen Marshall, Heritage Preservation Coordinator for Chester County. This year, the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum will honor Karen with the Annual Rebecca Lukens Award; for her influential career in historic preservation, education and outreach in the County. The virtual event will be held on May 12th at 7:00 p.m.
In the 14 years that Karen has worked for the County, she has served both in the Parks and Recreation Department and for the Planning Commission. During her journey, Karen strengthened relationships between residents, historical commissions and organizations; resulting in the completion of many preservation projects in the 73 municipalities of Chester County. Her leadership has invoked the protection of historical integrity in buildings, landscapes and the cultural identities of the communities she has served. This dedication helped lay the foundation for the Appreciation Chapter in Landscapes3, Chester County’s comprehensive plan. “Historic preservation in Chester County is accomplished by a literal army of dedicated volunteers and professionals. It has been my honor to encourage and work with them these 14 years,” says Karen.