JDCF is pleased to announce that archaeologist, Dr. Phil Millhouse, has received the 2020 Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award. The award will be presented to Phil at JDCF’s annual meeting on Saturday, March 28h at Chestnut Mountain Resort. Former JDCF Executive Director and current board member, Chris Larson, submitted Phil’s name for consideration.
“It is not an overstatement to say that JDCF’s work in preserving, protecting, stewarding, and interpreting Native American heritage sites in Jo Daviess County has been inspired by Phil’s passion for cultural resource preservation and his influence within our organization. His guidance has been instrumental in making JDCF one of a handful of land trusts in the country who actively protect Native American heritage sites as part of their mission. Phil’s work with us, both paid and pro-bono, includes archaeological surveys, findings, and reports for the majority of JDCF preserves and, of course, his PhD field work at the original Wapello Preserve.
“Since 2005, while working with JDCF on our first fee-land acquisition, which was the original Wapello, Phil has sought to build partnerships with like-minded public and private organizations to preserve land containing cultural resources. As an archeologist for the Illinois State Archeological Survey, he has been forging a model, with JDCF at its core, whereby state agencies, working with local land trusts and communities, partner to achieve the lasting preservation and stewardship of the land and these important resources. One small example of this, early on, was how Phil combined his family-friendship with Dave & Pat Casper, his relationship with the staff of JDCF and his role at ISAS, to secure funding for the digitization of W.B. Nickerson’s map of the Casper Property to aid in the preservation and future stewardship of that site. For the past ten years Phil has been an unbelievable resource to JDCF staff on all things archaeological making himself accessible and available to staff to answer any number of questions. His work is also responsible for Wapello being placed on the National Register – he essentially wrote the application.
“Today, JDCF is a national leader among land trusts in the area of cultural preservation and our work with tribal groups is ground-breaking in the land trust field, in part because of our partnership with Phil and the knowledge and experience we have gained from working with him. In his own words, as a high school student and amateur archeologist growing up in Jo Daviess County, he was on a “mission from God” to document every cultural site in the county. Today as a professional archeologist he continues to research, publish and lecture on how his relationship with JDCF is a model for “Rebuilding Communities for the Future.” The scope of Phil’s work and its impact on JDCF’s land preservation strategy make him a worthy recipient of this award.
The Nancy Hamill Winter Conservation Leadership Award is named after JDCF’s long-time board member and past Board President and Vice President, former Stockton resident Nancy Hamill Winter. JDCF’s Executive Committee seeks nominations for the award annually beginning in October each year. Nominations are due by December 30th, 2020. Current staff and board members of JDCF are not eligible.