Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Local Group Recognizes Outstanding Preservationists

 L to R Marianne Doyle, Ruth Schieltz, Lois Ann Baker, Gail Brandewie, Recipients and Deb Pohl, Pres. 
Sunday the Versailles Area Historical Society presented their first “Preservation Awards” to the inaugural class of 2015. Recipients were a cross section of area historians and genealogist whom have actively continued through their lifetime to preserve our local history.

Those honored were Marianne (Monnin) Doyle who created a newsletter to celebrate and keep the French culture alive for future generations. Gail (Pitenbarger) Brandewie who helped give a voice to her father’s early reels of video of Versailles business and updated it several times through the years. Ruth (Wagner) Schieltz who helped record local church histories as well as advised many families on searching for their roots. Lois Ann (Judy) Baker who with her son’s traveled the countryside rediscovering lost history and cemeteries to remind the future generations of where our families have originated. Unable to attend were Ruth Ann Pleiman of Russia who compiled the Russia history for the nations Bicentennial and continues to keep the proud history of Russia alive and Juanita (Baltes) Gerling who at 99 has devoted her life to writing and especially sharing our story with all who would listen in the hope that we might tell it to our children.

In addition to the Historical Society, the Ohio House of Representatives also recognized these ladies for their outstanding work, through Representative Jim Buchy’s office. The citation called them “outstanding Ohio citizens”.

The entire Historical Society Board congratulates their first awards class and thank them for keeping history alive in our community!

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