Pamela Bates

Amesbury, Massachusetts

Award Type: Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation

Working tirelessly and on a completely volunteer basis, Pamela Bates has ensured the preservation, perpetuation, and revitalization of Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

For more than 200 years, Lowell’s Boat Shop has made wooden dories and skiffs by hand. And few people have done more to preserve that fine tradition than Pamela Bates, Lowell’s volunteer executive director, CEO and most passionate champion.

Bates worked 50 hour weeks for free and donated her own money to keep Lowell’s afloat when in 2006 the boat shop was in danger of being sold and its history lost. She recruited a group of like-minded investors to purchase the shop, and they formed a non-profit—Lowell’s Maritime Foundation—to oversee operations. She helped secure an $86,000 grant through American Express and its Partners in Preservation program that gave the aging shop a much-needed overhaul.

"While each is unique, this year’s outstanding award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  "Pamela Bates is a true champion of preservation by keeping the rich heritage of Lowell’s Boat shop alive."