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Lyle L. Rosenberger receives DAR award

Bucks County Community College (BCCC) Professor Emeritus Lyle L. Rosenberger was honored at a ceremony on November 12th, as he received the Historic Preservation Medal from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The ceremony, hosted by the Washington Crossing Chapter DAR, was held at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing, PA.

The DAR Historic Preservation Medal recognizes and honors a person who has done extraordinary work over a long period of time in establishing a historic district, preserving a local landmark, restoring or preserving objects of historic cultural significance, or establishing or participating in oral history projects, youth leadership and education.

It is the most prestigious preservation award that the DAR offers.

Professor Rosenberger was recognized for establishing and directing a historic preservation program at BCCC in Newtown; it was the first program of its kind at a community college in the United States and became a model as Professor Rosenberger consulted on setting up historic preservation programs at community colleges across the United States.

He also instituted and directed 34 Historic Preservation Biannual Forum Lectures at BCCC and founded a chapter of Sigma Pi Kappa, a national honor society for historic preservation students, which was another first at a community college.

Also, since 1999 Professor Rosenberger has directed the restoration of the formal gardens surrounding Tyler Hall on the BCCC campus, remaining as coordinator of the project on a volunteer basis after retiring.

He created the Tyler Formal Gardens Endowment Fund to ensure future funding for the garden and in 2011 wrote “Tyler Elegance: A Garden Odyssey,” a book detailing the history of the gardens and efforts to restore them. All proceeds from sales of the book go to the endowment fund.

Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, president of BCCC, participated in the ceremony and praised Professor Rosenberger’s efforts, presenting him with a painting of a gate that he had helped restore in the gardens.

Also attending the ceremony were Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Petri; Martin P. Sutton, dean emeritus of the BCCC Social and Behavioral Science Department; Jeffrey L. Marshall, president of the Heritage Conservancy; Joseph Capone, executive director of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park; Meg McSweeney, chief operating officer of the David Library; Sara Jane McCurdy, SE district director for the Pennsylvania State Society DAR; Tracy DeJonge, state historic preservation chairman for the Pennsylvania State Society DAR; and members of the Washington Crossing Chapter DAR.

In addition to the DAR award and gift from BCCC, Professor Rosenberger was recognized by federal, state and county governmental agencies, all of which sent formal proclamations lauding him and his efforts.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees adjourned to the Rose Gallery of the Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library, where the Washington Crossing Chapter hosted a lunch reception.

Sandra Billington of Langhorne, chairman of the Washington Crossing Chapter Historic Preservation Committee, said that it had been an honor for the chapter to recognize Professor Rosenberger’s achievements, which she termed “extraordinary.”

Other committee members included Committee Co-Chair Karen Nilsen of Doylestown; Martha Cleaves, of Pipersville; and Jackie Gamble and Judi Biederman, both of Washington Crossing.

PHOTO CAP: Bucks County Community College Professor Lyle L. Rosenberger, center, received the DAR Historic Preservation Medal and certificate from Karen Nilsen, left, and Sandy Billington, right, co-chairs of the Washington Crossing Chapter DAR Historic Preservation Committee.