2016 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

Awarded at a Dinner to Benefit the Public Humanities in Massachusetts

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Boston Public Library, McKim Building

The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities was conferred upon three leaders in recognition of their public actions, grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, to enhance civic

life in the Commonwealth.

One of the three recipients was 1956’s own: Lia Gelin Poorvu…and the award read as follows:

"Lia Poorvu has worked as a teacher, volunteer, and organizer to improve dozens of local cultural institutions in and around Boston." 

The description of Lia's activities included her involvement in numerous libraries (Wellesley, Harvard, Boston Public, Schlesinger, MA Historic Society, French, and Jewish Historic ).

It listed additional service on behalf of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, WGBH, and the Wellesley College Board of Trustees. Lia was decorated twice by the

French Government for connecting Boston school students in exchanges with the Council of Europe and Boston's sister city, Strasbourg. For 10 years she was president

of Adolescent Consultation Services in Boston.