Centre County Preservation Awards to be presented Jan. 31

BELLEFONTE — 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.

And this year, historic preservation and advocacy projects from around the county will be featured on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Award Recipients of the 32nd annual John H. Zeigler Historic Preservation Awards:


Matt Maris — Local Historical Walking Tours

Inspiring curiosity and learning about local history through research, the Local Historia Facebook page, and historical walking tours of Bellefonte.



Centre County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial and Curtin Monument –Centre County Board of Commissioners Michael Pipe-Chair, Mark Higgins-Vice Chair, Steven Dershem-Commissioner Alan Popovich, AIA-APArchitects, LLC, Sue Hannegan, Alberto Romero M.A. and Alec Romero

For restoration work funded by the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission Keystone Historic Preservation Grant and the Centre County Government to restore the monument and memorial designed by Joseph M. Huston who designed the Pennsylvania State Capital. It was dedicated in 1906 “To those who died to keep the nation whole, this memorial is dedicated in grateful appreciation.”


Ken Hickman, Executive Director — Penn State All-Sports Museum

For living the museum’s mission “to honor the achievements of the men and women who have built the proud tradition of Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics through the preservation and promotion of their legacy for the education and benefit of the community.”


Rebecca Inlow — Rowland Theatre

For long-term and ongoing volunteerism with and advocacy of the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg and for authoring “The Rowland Story: Beauty from Ashes” and donating the proceeds of the book sales to the Theatre.


CCHS Stocking Stuffer Committee — Accepting the Award for the Committee, Deb McManus-Chair, Cathy Horner and Becky Dreese

For the committed and ongoing contribution of time, creativity, talent and resources since 2003 in support of The Stocking Stuffer Magical Holiday Market, CCHS’s largest fundraiser.


Alan Popovich — AIA

For outstanding and long-term advocacy of and commitment to historic preservation through preservation architecture projects in many of Centre County’s historic structures including the Centre Furnace Mansion.

This program is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. The Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. via Zoom with a limit of 100 registrants. The ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube and recorded for future viewing by 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 beginning Jan. 22 at CentreHistory.org/preservationawards


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