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The Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The Ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube and recorded for future viewing by C-Net.

Bellefonte Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Matt Maris, Local Historia - Education and Advocacy Award
Penn State All Sports Museum, Ken Hickman - History and Heritage Award
Rebecca Inlow - Support and Volunteerism Award
CCHS Stocking Stuffer Committee - CCHS President's Award
Alan Popovich, AIA - Jacqueline J. Melander Award

Since 1988, the Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) has annually recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Centre County history.

Historic preservation and advocacy projects from around the county will be featured on January 31 at 3:00 p.m. Join us to celebrate and learn about the amazing work and dedication of the 2020 award recipients. The presentation will last for about one hour and be held on the Zoom meeting platform.  

Even though we cannot be together in-person this year, we hope you will enjoy and be inspired by the good work that is being done in Centre County to preserve its heritage.

We have a dedicated lineup of Award Nominees for the 32nd annual John H. Zeigler Historic Preservation Awards ceremony that embody the vitality of historic preservation and “doing history” in Centre County:

  • Education and Advocacy - Matt Maris, Local Historia Historical Walking Tours 

  • Preservation and Restoration - Centre County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial and Curtin Monument Restoration, Centre County Commissioners, Sue Hannegan, Alan Popovich AIA - APArchitects, LLC, Alberto Romero M.A. and Alec Romero

  • History and Heritage - Ken Hickman, Executive Director, Penn State All Sports Museum

  • Support and Volunteerism - Rebecca Inlow, Rowland Theatre

  • President’s Award - CCHS Stocking Stuffer Committee. Accepting the Award for the Committee: Deb McManus-Chair,  Cathy Horner and Becky Dreese

  • Jacqueline J. Melander Award - Alan Popovich, AIA


This program is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. The program has a limit of 100 registrants, but it will be live streamed on the CCHS YouTube channel and also recorded and made available on C-Net. For questions, or more information about this program or to how to submit a nomination, contact Mary Sorensen at (814) 234-4779 or msorensen@centrefurnace.org.

Program registration link will be available by January 22. If you are subscribed to our electronic newsletter, you will receive the registration link in your email or you may check back here. 

With special thanks:

C-NET Sponsor: Centre County Government
Photography: Will Yurman • Graphic Design: David Lembeck
Photo of the Centre County Sailors and Soldiers Memorial: APArchitects, LLC


See past recipients of the John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards and learn about how to nominate a special person or project for an award here: 


Tel: 814-234-4779

Email: info@centrecountyhistory.org

1001 E College Ave  |  State College, PA 16801



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