A proud day for Lowell National Historical Park and Lowell’s own Peter Aucella. The recently retired Deputy Superintendent received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Secretary of the Interior today in Washington, DC.
Secretary of the Interior David Berndhadt said of Peter, “Now, as you may know, our department has sometimes been referred to as the department of everything else due to our broad portfolio. But even so, when most people think about the department, they may overlook the work we do in urban areas. For 32 years, Peter served in multiple roles with the department to make national historic landmark preservation district in Lowell, Massachusetts, a model of conservation and restoration for an urban park.”
Peter retired in February after seeing Lowell National Historical Park rise to prominence and celebrate its 40th anniversary just last year. It is another national recognition for the park which is featured throughout the country on a U.S. quarter this year.