“Martha is deserving of this recognition because of close to 50 years of advocacy for preserving the history of our community,” Kennard said in an email. “Although she says she would like to slow down, she just keeps adding new projects.”
Boice is affectionately known as “The Old House Lady” not because of her age, Kennard said, but for her dedication to architectural history that started when the Centerville-Washington Twp. area was rapidly developing.
In 1972, the David Watkins-George Sears House was proposed for demolition, Kennard said.
“She started attending zoning meetings and felt no attention was given to preservation of historic properties during development planning,” Kennard said.
Boice’s “tireless drive and enthusiasm” have been key in the preservation and documentation of historic properties in southwest Ohio, according to the foundation.
The event is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 937-265-0110, email the foundation or visiting its website at centervillewashingtonfoundation.com.
A private link for the online program will be provided to contributors.