Dolores Van Rensalier

Title: Chief Executive Officer, Owner, President, Research Genealogist
Company: Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Foundation
Location: San Diego, CA United States


Affiliations/Associations/Societies:

  • Agency on Aging Monitoring Unit, City of Los Angeles Area (Co-founder, 1977)
  • Huntoon-Van Rensalier Underground Railroad Foundation (2014)
  • Los Angeles Festival in Black Art Exhibition (Director and Curator, 1972)
  • Monument on Paterson, NJ Historic Vacant Lot (Historic Leader, 1996)
  • National Council of Negro Women, San Diego, CA (2017-Present)
  • Rotary Club (1992-1998)
  • Seniors of Watts Oral History Project, Exhibition, Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda, Founder
  • Soroptimist Club (1975-1976)
  • Watts Festival Art Exhibitions (Director and Curator, 1972)
  • Watts Rotary Club, Los Angeles (President, 1996-1997)
  • Watts Senior Citizen Center Rose Garden, smallest in the nation (Founder, 1994)

Achievements:

  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2019)
  • Inductee, Top Professional of the Year (2019)
  • Inductee, Who’s Who of Professional Women (2019)
  • Author, Bridge Street to Freedom (2017)
  • Recipient, Historic Monument Site Award, Chosen Freeholders, Passaic County,  NJ (2014)
  • $271,000 Preservation Grant, Historic Parks Grant, Passaic County, NJ (2013)
  • $106,000 Historic Monument Grant, Parking Authority, City of Paterson, NJ (2012)
  • Honoree, Outstanding Leadership Role in Public Culture of Los Angeles, California State Assembly Resolution from Entire State Legislature (1999)
  • More Than 30 Community, City, County, State Awards, Los Angeles, CA (1972-1998)
  • Recipient, Historic Site Preservation Award, New Jersey Historic Preservation Commission (1997)
  • Recipient, Bill Pascrell Jr. Award, Mayors Award, Paterson, NJ (1996)
  • Recipient, Historic Site Preservation Award, Paterson Historic Preservation Commission (1996)
  • Author, Documentation Underground Railroad Essay, Paterson, NJ (1994)
  • Author, Memoir, Hidden Roots: When Racism is Stronger Than Love
  • Co-author, Dolores and Dr. Flavis Alaya

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