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Awards recognize leaders in historical preservation

| Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
(from left), Westmoreland County Historical Society Executive Director, Lisa Craig Hays, joins dinner chair, Mary Ellen Miller, and Board of Directors Chair, Phil Light, at the 13th annual Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Dinner, held at the Greensburg Country Club on Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012. Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review

Included in the program of the 13th Annual Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Dinner, held Wednesday at the Greensburg Country Club, was the phrase “Because History Matters!”

In Westmoreland County, where sites such as the Compass Inn, Fort Ligonier and Historic Hanna's Town dot the landscape, this certainly is true.

Presented by the Westmoreland County Historical Society, the awards recognize leaders in the field of local historical preservation and education.

Recipient of the Westmoreland Champion Award was Charles G. Edwards of Cincinnati, for 20 years of research and writing on the ill-fated 1781 Lochry Expedition. Edwards said he is a member of the First Families of Pennsylvania lineage society and a descendant of the Craig family, whose members arrived in the area around 1697.

Joining him were relatives Betty Stull and Karen Miller.

Other 2012 awardees were Shirley G. McQuillis Iscrupe, for preservation of Ligonier Valley history; and Dennis B. Rafferty and Vincent J. Quatrini Jr., for preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings in Greensburg and Latrobe.

Dinner committee members included Mary Ellen Miller, Helen Auman, Bruce and Sally Shirey, Bob Myers, Linda Assard and Dick and Barbara Flock.

Seen at the club: WCHS Executive Director Lisa Hays, board chairman Phil Light with Gladys, Joanna Moyar, Duane Miller, Clinton Piper, Joe Moyar, Melanie Ansell, Richard Auman, Aimee Manning, Bruce Robinson, Annie Urban, Janet Hudson and Sam and Barbara Banales.

Also, Bob and Carolyn Stutzman, Lou and Joan DeRose, Don and Sondra Lettrich, Barbara Ferrier, Bob and Anita Zanke, Louise Tilzey-Bates and Dr. George and Linda Austin.

Cathi Rhodes presented a mini-concert following the awards presentation.

— Shirley McMarlin

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