Thompson's work earns her top citizen honors

NORTH AUGUSTA --- Providing historical context through Colonial Times and the Living History Park were just two of the endeavors that earned Lynn Thompson the 2010 Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award.


Thompson received her award at the chamber's annual meeting Tuesday. Ever the ambassador of her projects, Thompson was dressed in her butter-cream Colonial full skirt and petticoats with a white collar and a black choker and pendant.

A dozen letters from volunteers and groups filled Thompson's nomination file. Since moving to North Augusta in 1978, she has become the face of preservation initiatives, including serving as the chairwoman of the North Augusta Design Review Board and North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, and president of the Olde Towne Preservation Association of North Augusta.

"No one told me that Lynn is a good citizen of North Augusta; it's just that we all know that she is and it's time that we give her this award," nominator Brenda Bancroft said.

Several weekends each year, Thompson can be seen in Colonial garb as she spearheads efforts to provide educational opportunities at the Living History Park.

"Her teams of volunteers have made this special place a treasure for our community and to the many hundreds of visitors who come each year," nominator Gloria Norwood said. "Her passion has always been teaching, and no one does it better."

Thompson's initiatives fit well with keynote speaker Kim Huston, the author of Small Town Sexy.

As an ambassador for Bardstown, Ky., Huston's message is that a small town's appeal comes from those who are passionate about their community.

Rod Barrie, a multimedia sales representative for The Augusta Chronicle and North Augusta Today, received the Ambassador of the Year award.