CCHS extends its sincere thanks to the Centre County Government for graciously sponsoring CNET for the filming of the 26th Annual John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards of the Centre County Historical Society.  The 2014 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards presentation is available in its entirety for you to view online.

Each year for 25 years, the Centre County Historical Society has recognized various individuals and groups for their outstanding work in helping preserve and interpret Centre County’s history. View the list of Award Recipients 1988 to present here.

The recipients of the CCHS 2014 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation are:  

  • Talleyrand Park Committee of the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural AssociationBellefonte’s Talleyrand Park looks completely natural, but actually results from focused efforts of local volunteers and the Borough of Bellefonte. In the Park’s 40th anniversary year, the Talleyrand Park Committee was central to reclaiming, conserving, and enhancing the area around Spring Creek that is the historic natural center of Bellefonte. 
  • Book: “The History of Baileyville, The Town, The Iron Industry, and the Railroad 1790-2013” by Diane Albright, and the Baileyville Community Hall AssociationDiane Albright led the effort along with Baileyville residents to combine their talents to research and pen the history of Baileyville’s intriguing past. The Community Hall in Baileyville, having started life as a 2 room schoolhouse at the turn of the 20th century, still stands in use thanks to the preservation efforts of the Baileyville Community Association.
  • Happy Valley Brewing Company and Tom Horner for the original and current restoration efforts on the Klinger Farms Barn in College TownshipKlinger Farms Barn has been a Centre County icon for many years. In recent years, the Barn has been reused as a fine furniture business and now as a microbrewery and restaurant. Happy Valley Brewing Company has now preserved the 19th century charm of the property while incorporating the best of 21st century hospitality. 
  • The Rossman House in Penns ValleyMs. Barbara Rossman and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Rishel will be recognized for the preservation of the trompe l’oeil Italianate wall paintings of 19th Century artist Daniel F. Luse. Luse was born August 3, 1837 in Centre County into a family of German woodworkers and by 1880, he was a dedicated painter.  In the Rossman House, the painting remained exposed and was never painted or wallpapered over. 
  • Book: “A War, Three Women & A Tradition”Susan Evans, Robert Hazelton, Cathy Horner & Nancy Taylor have researched and authored an outstanding book: “A War, Three Women and a Tradition: The History of Boalsburg in the Civil War.” The book is the story of Emma Hunter, Sophia Keller and Elizabeth Myers and the village they called home during the Civil War
  • CCHS President’s Award – The Col. Gerald Russell PNC United Way Day of CaringThe United Way Day of Caring is one of the largest volunteer service days in Centre County bringing nearly 1000 volunteers together at over 60 project sites for 21 years. CCHS has benefited from community efforts on the Day of Caring during each one of these years at the Centre Furnace Mansion and, more recently, at the Boogersburg School making this support a critical component in keeping these historic treasures looking their best.

View photos from 2013’s event on our Facebook page.