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History Hero Awards presented to 50 West Virginians for preserving local and regional history


History buffs gathered on Thursday, March 22, in the West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center for the awards ceremony that kicked off a successful day of celebrating West Virginia history. Nancy Herholdt, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and Joy Gilchrist Stalnaker, chairman of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, presented History Hero awards to 50 individuals from around the state for their contributions to the preservation, promotion and perpetuation of the state’s rich history. County historical and genealogical groups provided nominations for the awards. A complete list of this year’s History Heroes, along with their hometowns, is enclosed.

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 fifth History Day was a joint effort of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Historical Society, West Virginia Historical Association, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia Inc., West Virginia Association of Museums, Mining Your History Foundation and Friends of West Virginia Culture and History.

For more information about History Day or the History Hero awards, call Fredrick Armstrong at (304) 558-0220, ext. 164.

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. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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