Preservation Foundation Honors Catherine Taylor with Special Honor | Business
The California Preservation Foundation (CPF) has awarded Catherine Taylor with the President’s Award for 2012 for her work to preserve California’s heritage and historic places. Taylor is the district superintendent for the Capital District of California State Parks and is known for providing statewide leadership, advocacy and education to ensure the protection of California’s diverse cultural heritage and historic places. CPF honors individuals and organizations for their dedicated preservation efforts that allow others to gain a deeper appreciation of historic resources and their value to California’s economy, environment, and quality of life. The award will be presented at a special 2012 California Preservation Awards event at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
As district superintendent for the Capital District of California State Parks, Taylor oversees operations for nine state historic parks and state museums that include the following: the State Capitol Museum, State Railroad Museum, State Indian Museum, Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, and the Woodland Opera House State Historic Park. In addition to her daily operational duties, she also oversees two major development projects underway at the California Indian Heritage Center and the Railroad Technology Museum, both in the Sacramento region.
Before being named district superintendent, Taylor served as museum director for the California State Railroad Museum for six years, as executive director of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (the non-profit support affiliate for the museum) for over a decade, and was responsible for its most significant growth and development. Taylor also managed two major Railfair events in 1991 and 1999, both drawing more than 180,000 visitors to Sacramento to celebrate railroad history and technology. Today, Taylor works with many non-profit organizations and paid and volunteer California State Parks staff throughout the Capital District to help develop strong partnerships and fiscal sustainability for the parks in her district, and to secure the preservation of these significant historic sites.
More information about the California Preservation Foundation is available at www.californiapreservation.org and more information about the Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks is available at www.parks.ca.gov/CapitalDistrict.
About the Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks
The Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks encompasses seven State Historic Parks and Museums located within the downtown and midtown areas of California’s Capital City: California State Capitol Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, State Indian Museum and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Additionally, two units are in outlying areas: the Woodland Opera House in Woodland, California; and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park located in Jamestown, in the heart of California’s Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento. Collectively these facilities preserve and interpret the heritage of California’s Capital City, and illuminate the many forces that have shaped Sacramento and the Golden State. More information about the Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks is available online at www.parks.ca.gov/CapitalDistrict.