Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation In 1993, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission launched the State Historic Preservation Awards to honor individuals, organizations, and projects for their contributions to the preservation of Rhode Island's historic resources. Beginning in 2009, RIHPHC has co-hosted the awards with Preserve Rhode Island. These awards were newly named The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation. Four awards pay tribute to individuals who exemplify Rhode Islanders' commitment to historic preservation. They are the highest honors which the Commission bestows. The Antoinette F. Downing Award for Volunteer Service honors Rhode Island's founding Commission Chair. The Frederick C. Williamson Award for Professional Leadership honors our long-term State Historic Preservation Officer. The John H. Chafee Award for Public Service in Preservation honors Rhode Island governor, United States Senator, and friend of historic preservation and the natural environment. (photo courtesy of Providence Public Library) The Stephen J. Tyson Sr. Artisan Award honors a master preservation carpenter who carefully restored hundreds of Rhode Island's historic landmarks. Other awards salute achievements in education, advocacy, landscape preservation, sustainability, stewardship, planning, homeowner projects, and preservation projects.