Centre County Historical Society honors preservation efforts

The Centre County Historical Society presented its 26th annual John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards on Sunday at the Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center.

Since 1988, the society annually has recognized individuals and organizations “for their outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Centre County history,” according to the society’s website. For the 2014 awards, the recipients were:

• The Talleyrand Park Committee of the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association: The committee “was central to reclaiming, conserving and enhancing” the park, in its 40th year, by Spring Creek in “the historic natural center of Bellefonte.”

• “The History of Baileyville, The Town, The Iron Industry and the Railroad 1790-2013,” by Diane Albright and the Baileyville Community Hall Association: The community hall, which began as a two-room schoolhouse about a century ago, “still stands in use thanks to the preservation efforts” of the association.

• Happy Valley Brewery and Tom Horner for the original and current restoration efforts on the Klinger Farms barn in College Township: The barn, formerly reused as a fine furniture business, is now a microbrewery and restaurant.

The brewery “has now preserved the 19th century charm of the property while incorporating the best of 21st century hospitality.”

• The Rossman House in Penns Valley: Barbara Rossman and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Rishel were honored for “the preservation of the trompe l’oeil Italinate wall paintings of 19th century artist Daniel F. Luse” in the house.

• “A War, Three Women and a Tradition: The History of Boalsburg in the Civil War,” by Susan Evans, Robert Hazelton, Cathy Horner and Nancy Taylor: The authors researched and wrote “an outstanding book” about Emma Hunter, Sophia Keller and Elizabeth Myers and their role in starting the Memorial Day tradition.

• CCHS President’s Award: The Col. Gerald Russell PNC United Way Day of Caring: Over the 21 years of the annual Day of Caring’s bringing together hundreds of volunteers for community service projects, the CCHS has benefited each year 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.”