Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Darke County Historical Society Presents Heritage Award to Nancy Stump

From left to right: John Marchal, President of the
Darke County Historical Society, Nancy Stump, award recipient,
and Clay Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Garst Museum.
This year’s recipient of the Darke County Historical Society’s Heritage Award is Nancy Stump. Nancy was presented the 2014 Heritage Award during the Darke County Historical Society’s Annual Membership Meeting on March 25, 2014.

Nancy Stump has distinguished herself in helping to connect people to Darke County’s past and history in general. Research and genealogy is her strong suit. Along with her team in the Garst Museum’s Darke County Research Library, she assists individuals seeking information about family histories and so much more. While never in the public eye, she quietly makes a huge difference for so many at Garst and beyond. Nancy’s knowledge of the major venues at Garst is unparalleled. The museum’s staff often say, “If you want to know where anything is at the museum, ask Nancy.”

Nancy is a member of the East of the River Shawnee Tribe Ruling Council, a representative of the Rabbit Clan, the largest clan of the tribe. Our “Bunny Rabbit” as she is known to her tribe friends, is truly an energizer bunny. Her skills at making wampum belts are recognized near and wide. One of her belts is displayed in the Garst Museum’s Crossroads of Destiny exhibit. She also created the Peace Wampum for the 200th anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty in 1995. She and Susan Gray have traveled for 15 years to Canada to all of the Reenactment of the Thames where Tecumseh was killed. Two years ago she created a belt for display in Canada, which was laid out in front of Prince Charles. It is 22 rows wide and 4 feet long. Nancy is presently working on the creation of 15 wampum belts to give out at the Second Treaty Commemoration scheduled for this summer, the week of The Gathering at Garst at the Darke County Parks Council House.

Clay Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Garst Museum notes, “As Executive Director of the Darke County Historical Society and Garst Museum, I have a great respect for Nancy Stump’s depth of knowledge about the history of our area. Many times, I have gone to her for answers to questions that no one else can answer. She works and volunteers in the Darke County Research Center located here at the museum. She always seems to know where to find answers.”

Established in 2004, the Darke County Historical Society’s Heritage Award was created to recognize outstanding citizens or organizations for their distinguished contributions or actions of unusual excellence that help connect people to Darke County’s past.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 North Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331
Phone: 937-548-5250 / Fax: 937-548-7645

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