Florence ‘Winky’ Chesnutt Friedrichs received the prestigious ‘McReynolds Award’ by the Missouri Preservation Honor Awards on Thursday, March 22, at the state Capitol in Jefferson City.
The award is given each year to someone who has done outstanding work in helping preserve Missouri history. Mrs. Friedrichs was nominated by Gary Gene Fuenfheusen, President and Founder of ‘Missouri’s Little Dixie Heritage Foundation’ and Vicki McCarrell, board member, for Mrs. Friedrichs’ 70+ years of advocacy, preservation of Pleasant Green Plantation home, co-founding of the Cooper County Historical Society and countless illustrations for historical books and pamphlets.
Winky humbly accepted the award before an audience of over 100 people in the Capitol Rotunda, where many of her friends from Cooper County were in attendance as well as her daughter Sarah Chesnutt Reisman and grandson James from Boulder, CO, and son Jack Chesnutt, Jr. from Denver.
A luncheon at the Millbottom Reception Center below the Capitol followed the awards ceremony.
In addition to a beautifully framed certificate, she also received certificates of recognition from state Representative David Muntzel and state Senator Caleb Rowden.