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Lewis woman honored as History Hero

March 10, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Lewis County's Ann Wilfong was honored by the state of West Virginia as a History Hero on Feb. 23 in the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex.

The award was announced by West Virginia Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid Smith and Archives and History Director Joseph Geiger.

Wilfong was nominated for the West Virginia History Award by the Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants. She has been a member of the Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants since 2005. She is a volunteer at the library and, in addition to having responsibility for various collections, keeps the facility open for evening access on Thursdays.

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Ann Wilfong, a Lewis County resident, has been chosen as a West Virginia History Hero by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

She is active in all the group's fundraising activities, and she currently is spearheading coordination and preparation of the third book on veterans in central West Virginia. She also is helping with a book on former one-room schools in Lewis County.

Lewis County Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith salutes the choice of Wilfong as a West Virginia History Hero.

"Ann works diligently at the Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants Library at Horner. Her work preserves our history and our culture. Her book honoring veterans in Central West Virginia is a great way to honor those who have protected our freedom," Smith said. "We cannot do enough to show how much we appreciate those veterans, and Ann's book will feature many veterans from our area who deserve recognition and respect. As a former teacher and principal, I can't wait to see her book on Lewis County's one-room schools. Congratulations, West Virginia History Hero Ann Wilfong for a job well done."



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