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During its Annual Breakfast Meeting, Yuma Visitors Bureau presented an award to recognize the tourism efforts of one local organization whose mission has been to preserve and present the history of Yuma for generations to come.
In front of a packed ballroom at The Palms RV Resort, Yuma Visitors Bureau presented its 2016 Expression of Gratitude in Recognition of Efforts for Tourism (EGRET) Award to the Yuma County Historical Society.
Announcing the recipient of the award was Yuma Visitors Bureau (YVB) Executive Director Linda Morgan:
"In just a few short years, using limited government funding, the Yuma County Historical Society (YCHS) has brought together a collaboration of both public and private entities, local and state organizations, volunteers and professional individuals, in a significant effort to revitalize the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens. These improvements have provided YCHS with the ability to develop and market varied and creative programming, including walking and trolley tours of Yuma's historical downtown area. YVB is thankful for our valuable partnership with YCHS and all the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Gwynn, Executive Director Yanna Kruse and its dedicated staff."
Accepting the award (as seen in the photo above, second from left to right) was Yanna Kruse, Director of the Arizona Historical Society's Rio Colorado Division; Bruce Gwynn, grandson of E.F. Sanguinetti and Vice President of the Arizona Historical Society's Rio Colorado Division Board of Directors; and Debbie Gwynn, wife of Bruce and a member of the Board of Directors for the Yuma Visitors Bureau.
Citing tours led by staff at Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens as one reason for championing the organization and its contributions to tourism, YVB also acknowledged YCHS' steadfast dedication to preserving Yuma's history. Today, decades worth of documents and photos of Yuma's past now safely reside within the archives at Heritage Library as a result.
To learn more about Yuma's Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens, visit the Arizona Historical Society's website. Also, see just how far YCHS' work has come along in restoring the Museum and the Molina Block along Madison Avenue with its published Master Plan titled A New Vision.
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