The Mount Pleasant Historical Commission established the Cresco Historical Stewardship Award ("Cresco Award") in 2016 to recognize an individual, group or organization for exceptional accomplishment in preserving the physical and/or cultural heritage of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The Cresco Award is presented annually by the Mayor and Town Council. Recipients are selected by the Mount Pleasant Historical Commission from nominations submitted each year by the deadline at the end of October based on the following criteria:
The quality of the nominated project.
The degree to which the nominated project/individual is usually or pioneering and serves as an example that encourages the stewardship of Mount Pleasant's physical and/or cultural heritage.
The impact of the project/individual on the understanding and appreciation of Mount Pleasant's physical and/or cultural heritage.
Edwin Wayne Magwood, known as Captain Wayne Magwood, was the 2020 Cresco Award Winner. Captain Magwood, life long shrimper, lost his life September 2019. His daughters Tressy, Jennifer and Tara accepted the award in his honor.
Past Cresco Award recipients were Ms. Vanessa Hill (2019), Alhambra Garden Club (2018), Mr. Walter G. Brown, Jr. (2017) and Ms. Mary Julia Royall (2016).