Dr. Bob Henry Baber, who is also the local Historical Society's V-P, was elated to learn of this recognition. "This brings more clout to Glenville and GSC, so I'm happy about this award," he states, with a sigh of humility.
The sponsors of "WV History Day at the Legislature" in Charleston - the WV Archives and History Division - were pleased to recently announce that 38 people are to be recognized as "WV History Heroes" during a History Day program and ceremony held on this Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014 at the Culture Center on the State Capitol Complex.
Robert Henry "Bob Henry" Baber, Ph.D., of Glenville, was nominated by the Gilmer County Historical Society for the special recognition.
For more than 40 years, Robert Henry "Bob Henry" Baber has been an advocate for learning, preserving and loving WV history. His projects have been numerous-from collecting biographical sketches of the state's military veterans and writing a history of Richwood to advancing the efforts to preserve Blair Mountain and dramatizing the need to beautify Yeager Airport's hillside with native trees. Baber is current vice president and program assistant of the Gilmer County Historical
Society and project director of Glenville State College's WV Veterans Legacy Project.
WV History Heroes are nominated by historical, genealogical, preservation, museum, patriotic or like organizations from across the state. The purpose of this annual award is to give state-level recognition to individuals chosen for dedicated service on behalf of an organization's programs or for a recent significant contribution to state and local history through research, interpretation, publication or preservation. The WV History Hero award is a onetime only recognition.
The 2014 History Hero awards program was set to begin at 9:30 am in the State Theatre at the Culture Center and will conclude before 11:00 am so that History Heroes can go the House of Delegates gallery, where they were recognized during the floor session. Honorees' local legislators were invited to participate in the ceremony at the Culture Center. During this time, photographs are taken, copies of which can be obtained by visiting http;://www.wvculture.zenfolio.com and selecting 2014 History Heroes.
WV History Day at the Legislature was begun by WV Archives and History Commission in 1997 and is officially designated by the commission as a special day to recognize the state's rich and varied history. This annual event, during which groups from around the state provide history displays in the capitol, is now in its 18th year.
In addition to the Archives and History Commission, cosponsors of WV History Day are the Friends of Culture and History, Mining Your History Foundation, Preservation Alliance of WV, Inc., WV Association of Museums, WV Division of Culture and History, WV Historical Society and WV Humanities Council.
Dr. Baber is a resident of Camden Flats, a 7-year GSC employee, an author of several books of poetry and fiction, an organizer of the upcoming "Create WV" Festival this fall in Glenville and, for leisure, enjoys being with his adult children.