Doug Hanks in his study

The Oxford Museum launched the Douglas Hanks Jr. Oxford Preservation Award in 2006. The award recognizes extraordinary efforts of individuals and groups in preserving the unique history and heritage of Oxford, Maryland, and the surrounding area. Doug’s embrace of balancing Oxford’s history with its future inspired this award. The award continues a partnership between the Museum and Doug that began with the publication of Oxford Treasures, Then and Now in 1999.

Douglas Hanks Jr. (left) moved with his family to Oxford at age four and lived here until his death in 2003 at age 60. He had deep roots in the town: an ancestor, William Stevens Jr., donated 30 acres used to found Oxford in 1668. An avid decoy carver and the author of seven books, Doug also dedicated himself to exploring and preserving Oxford’s heritage and history. He also championed preserving Oxford’s charms and traditions by urging responsible development in and around the town. Oxford is a very early small colonial town that has had to reinvent itself many times to remain viable. Each transformation brought with it a different way of life to the town.

Since its inception, the Award has been made to:
Chip Akridge (2006)
; Ed Cutts, Sr. and Eddie Cutts, Jr. of Cutts & Case Shipyard; Susan and Dick Deerin (2007); Jennifer and Ted Stanley and Leo Nollmeyer (2008); Edwin Lewis and The Oxford Fence Guys (2009);
John Wesley Church (2010); Larry Myers and Jeanne Kelly Foster (2011); Jennifer Stanley and The Oxford Library Volunteers (2012)
Oxford Community Center; Oxford-Bellevue Ferry (2013); Dorothy Fenwick; Larry and Dorette Murray and Tom Campbell (2014); Suzanne Beyda and Howard Lapp (2015); Cheryl Lewis (2016)