William Wallace Receives Foundation’s 2011 Renaissance Award
Cash prize honors dedication and achievement of nonprofit leaders
Worcester, MA - Greater Worcester Community Foundation presented the seventh annual Renaissance Award to William D. Wallace, executive director of the Worcester Historical Museum. The award, announced at the Foundation’s 36th annual meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, comes with a $5,000 prize from an endowed fund.
For 35 years, Bill Wallace has led the historical museum to connect the diverse Worcester communities to understand and appreciate their shared past. He coordinated the move of the museum to its current location at 30 Elm Street and also managed the restoration of the Salisbury Mansion, the Museum’s historic house.
Bill is described as an educator, an advocate, and a resource. Under his leadership, the Museum has become an important chronicler of “Worcester Firsts” and its publications have engaged diverse segments of the population in documenting their stories. “He finds fun things about our city to celebrate -- such as the smiley face, valentine making, and space travel,” said one nominator. “Bill is not just interested in celebrating Worcester’s history, he helps you see that you have a part in making it.” Mr. Wallace has served as co-chair of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and lectures widely on Worcester history.
Founded in 1875, Worcester Historical Museum collects, preserves, and interprets Worcester's history in all time periods and subject areas. The holdings of WHM encompass thousands of unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of Worcester history.
The Renaissance Award was established as an endowed prize through a gift by the late John W. Lund to recognize and thank individuals who serve in the community’s nonprofit development, education, cultural and human service organizations. The award is given to the individual and is intended to be used for personal renewal. The Foundation's executive committee selects a recipient from nominees recommended by the staff and board. Criteria include five or more years of dedicated commitment to the nonprofit sector, leadership and professional accomplishments, talent in fostering collaborative relationships, and imaginative thinking combined with constructive action.