The Historic Aiken Foundation is set to present its 2013 preservation awards on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Aiken County Historical Museum.


The HAF said it is delighted to have SRNS as the title sponsor for the awards for the third year in a row.


There is no charge for the public to attend the awards or the reception that follows.


For more than 35 years, the HAF has worked to preserve the historic visual character of Aiken by promoting the preservation of historical sites, buildings and residences and increasing the appreciation of preservation among the general public.


HAF awards over the past 10 years have recognized more than 60 preservation projects in eight award categories.


Award winners must be nominated and approved by the HAF board. Winners usually receive a framed certificate describing the award, an engraved brass medallion to be affixed to the property and a personalized copy of HAF’s flagship publication,“A Splendid Time: Photographs of Old Aiken.” The publication serves as the main fundraiser for HAF and is available for $20 at the museum gift shop.


The HAF said it is grateful to again have SRNS as title sponsor during difficult economic times. Its support has aided HAF’s recognition of more than 30 local preservation projects over the past three years. It should also be noted that SRNS was a prior Stewardship Award winner for its preservation of the old Aiken Post Office in collaboration with its owner, Todd Lista.


The 2013 HAF awards will encompass six award categories: Stewardship, Leadership, Adaptive Use, President, Wild’s Lipe and Commercial Preservation. Each category is designed to recognize a different preservation  activity. After receiving their awards, the honorees will discuss their projects.