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Davis, Hartleys to receive WV History Hero Awards

The Pennsboro News of Harrisville, West Virginia

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Malinda D. Horner Davis and Martha R. and Richard S. Hartley will be presented with the History Hero Award Thursday, Feb. 19.

Thirty-three people will be recognized as History Heroes during a History Day program and ceremony at the Culture Center on the Capitol Complex in Charleston Thursday, Feb. 19.

Davis, of Pennsboro, is a member of the Ohio Valley Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was nominated by the group for the award.

She recently worked with other chapter members to honor Vietnam Warera veterans from Pleasants, Tyler and Wetzel counties with a wall of honor.

She encourages the proper display of the United States flag and she and her daughters place flags on veterans' graves each May and November.

Davis has also presented programs on women behind the signers of the Declaration of Independence to local groups.

Mr. and Mrs. Hartley have spent over two decades researching the diet of western Virginia settlers and how they prepared food.

In 2014, they published "The Frontier Table: A Treatise & Source Book on Western Virginia Foodways History, 1776-1860."

They have done hearth cooking demonstrations and serve as museum docents at Fort New Salem and Blennerhassett Island.

The Hartley's have spent several years building a two-story log house near North Bend State Park they have turned into a bed and breakfast called Log House Homestead Bed and Breakfast.

They were nominated for the award by the Ritchie County Historical Society.

West Virginia History Heroes are nominated by historical, genealogical, preservation, museum, patriotic or like organizations from across the state.

The purpose of this annual award is to give state-level recognition to individuals chosen for dedicated service on behalf of an organization's programs or for a recent significant contribution to state and local history through research, interpretation, publication or preservation.

The West Virginia History Hero award is a one-time only recognition.

The 2015 History Hero awards program is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the State Theater at the Culture Center and will conclude before 11 am.

Honorees' local legislators have been invited to participate in the ceremony at the Culture Center, time and legislative session permitting.

West Virginia History Day at the Legislature was started by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission in 1997 and is officially designated by the commission as a special day to recognize the state's rich and varied history.

This annual event, during which groups from around the state provide history displays in the capitol, is in its 19"'year.

In addition to the Archives and History Commission, co-sponsors of West Virginia History Day are the Friends of Culture and History, Mining Your History Foundation, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia Inc., West Virginia Association of Museums, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Historical Society and West Virginia Humanities Council.

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Original Publication Date: February 11, 2015

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