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Linda Cook, Weir Farm Superintendent, Wins Prestigious Award

Out of more than 20,000 National Park Service employees, only three are awarded the prestigious Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award every year.

Superintendent of Weir Farm National Historic Site, Linda Cook, has received the Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship. Out of more than 20,000 National Park Service employees, only three are awarded the prestigious Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award every year.

Linda was recognized for her leadership in the restoration of the famously artistic Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio. For nearly a decade, Linda spearheaded this extremely complex, multimillion dollar restoration project. This monumental project included the restoration of the exteriors and interiors of all three buildings as well as the addition of a state of the art security system, fire detection and suppression systems, and update of electric, heat, and plumbing. Additionally, hundreds of historic furnishings and objects were carefully conserved and meticulously installed. To accomplish this, Linda worked with a small team of park staff to expertly manage dozens of contractors, subcontractors, local service providers, and technical experts from across the National Park Service ensuring the highest quality result. Because of Linda's tireless and persistent efforts, the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio opened to the public fully restored and historically furnished in May 2014.

The restoration work completed under Linda's management, has received much acclaim and praise. The accessible path and ramp leading into the Weir House just recently won a National Accessibility Award for Architectural Design. "This award represents the hard work and dedication of over 300 people, including many local experts and businesses," says Linda Cook. "We are very grateful for the 'staying power' of so many professionals over the years to complete such a complex project on time and within budget."

Beyond the restoration project, Linda has been a life-long champion for cultural resource stewardship and education. Weir Farm is one of over 50 artists in residency program that run within National Park Service sites. The Weir Farm Artist-in-Residence program has granted over 150 artists from throughout the United States, as well as Tunisia, Germany, Australia, and India with month long residencies within the historic site.

Read more about Weir Farm Artists in Residence Program here.