HHS board president to receive Martha Washington Woman of History Award

Mary Etta Schneider

Mary Etta Schneider

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has announced that Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site has named HHS president and board chair Mary Etta Schneider the 2013 recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award.

Schneider is being recognized for dedicating her time and resources as an advisor, fundraiser and supporter of major nonprofit organizations benefiting education, history and the preservation of the Hudson Valley. She also serves on the board of the State University of New York at New Paltz Foundation.

Schneider’s efforts are particularly focused on Historic Huguenot Street, where she works to ensure that this National Historic Landmark District remains grounded in its mission to preserve history and educate the public.


“Recognizing the financial, preservation and educational challenges facing house museums, Mary Etta led the board in repositioning Historic Huguenot Street in order to preserve it for future generations,” said HHS Executive Director Tracy McNally. “She helped shape this significant historic site into a focused operation and has created a pathway toward becoming an economically sustainable model for other under-recognized historic properties.”

“It is especially gratifying to receive the Martha Washington Woman of History Award at the site of my ancestor’s home and to be recognized for doing work that is so close to my heart and heritage,” Schneider said.

The presentation of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award will take place on March 23 at Washington’s Headquarters, during the organization’s Women’s History Month program, “The General’s Lady.” The public is welcome to attend the program, starting at 1 p.m. For further details or directions, call 562-1195.