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History Hero Awards presented to 40 West Virginians

History enthusiasts gathered on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center for the awards ceremony that kicked off a successful day of celebrating West Virginia history. Dr. Robert S. Conte, chairman of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, was assisted by Dr. Charles Ledbetter, vice-chairman, in presenting History Hero awards to 40 individuals from around the state for their grassroots-level contributions to the preservation, promotion and perpetuation of the state’s rich history. City, county and state historical, preservation and genealogical groups and museums provided nominations for the awards.

A complete list of this year’s recipients, along with a brief explanation of their contributions, is in the attachment. Photos of the winners are available at www.wvculture.org/agency/press/historyday08.html.

Throughout the day, the State Capitol Rotunda was filled with exhibitors and reenactors all eager to share their enthusiasm for the history of the state. The 12th History Day was a joint effort of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, Friends of West Virginia Culture and History, Mining Your History Foundation, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Inc., West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Association of Museums, West Virginia Historical Association, West Virginia Historical Society and West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2009. For more information about History Day or the History Hero awards, contact Joe Geiger, acting director of archives and history for the Division, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 165.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin and History Hero Fredrick H. Armstrong

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero James Feather, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero John Belcher, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte, Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Jackie Bills, and Delegate Woody Ireland

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Bettie A’Hearn Burdette, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Mabel Starcher Chapman, Delegate Brady Paxton, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero James Edward Dague, History Hero Karen Dennison Hucko, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Clarence Delancey, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Gary Farris, Anna Border (wife of Delegate Larry Border), and Delegate Tom Azinger

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, Delegate Robert A. Schadler (accepting on behalf of Betty Bane Dzubba), and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Virginia Gadd, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Ken Hechler, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Darrell Helton, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Judi Hendrickson, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Mary L. Lamp, Senator Frank Deem, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Mary L. Lamp, Delegate Tom Azinger, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Karen LeGrand, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Lillian McCrary, Senator Frank Deem, Delegate Tom Azinger, Anna Border (wife of Delegate Larry Border), and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Senator Karen L. Facemyer, Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Jack Nida, Senator Frank Deem, Delegate Mike Hall, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Senator Karen L. Facemyer, History Hero Mabel Starcher Chapman, and Delegate Mike Hall

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Anna Border (wife of Delegate Larry Border), Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Russ Roy, Senator Frank Deem, Delegate Tom Azinger, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, Delegate Mike Hall, History Hero Mike Ruben, Senator Karen L. Facemyer, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Delegate Woody Ireland, Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Susan J. Scott, Senator Frank Deem, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Deborah M. Smith, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Erin Smith, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, Delegate Allen V. Evans (accepting on behalf of John G. Van Meter), and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, Delegate Allen V. Evans (accepting on behalf of Dottie Hughes), and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Tony E. Whitlow, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, Carl Yoho, Ty Yoho, Jill Yoho White, Paul Yoho (accepting on behalf of Gail Yoho), and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte

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History Hero Darrell Helton and Senator Shirley Love

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History Hero Ken Hechler, History Hero John Belcher, and Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin

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Victor Jenkins Wilson, History Hero Ken Hechler, and History Hero John Belcher