Bruce Monroe receives recognition

April 17, 2009 by WLKM 

Bruce Monroe of Three Rivers has received the National Historic Preservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Six members of the Abiel FellowsDAR chapter of Three Rivers attended the Michigan Society Daughters of the American Revolution annual State Awards Day in Lansing on March 31st and witnessed bestowing of the honor on Monroe during the Awards Luncheon.

Sharon Hedrington, State Chairman of Historic Preservation, read a brief history of the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers and Monroe’s involvement in restoring this gem to its original splendor. Presented to the State Regent Sharon Hopkins, Monroe received the DAR Society’s Medal and Certificate for Historic Preservation.

Monroe dedicated the award to his family and to the memory of his mother, Jane (Pritchard) Monroe, and grandmother, Edwina Pritchard, both of whom were involved in the early years of the Riviera Theatre and wee active members of the local Abiel Fellows Chapter, DAR.

Also present for the ceremony were members of the Monroe family: sons Brendan and Evan, daughter-in-law (and Theatre Manager) Danielle Moreland, and friends/co-workers (at the theatre) Lee Ann Ewer and Haley McColm. Unable to attend were Monroe’s wife, Cynthia Giacobone, son Colin Monroe and grandson Cian Monroe.

At the morning business session, the Abiel Fellows chapter received over 20 awards for its work in the promotion of education and patriotism and the preservation of history.


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