SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (September 28, 2014) – Each year, the Sullivan County Historical Society presents deserving individuals or groups with the honor of “History Maker” and “History Preserver” awards. The honorees for these awards symbolize the stated mission of the Society: the preservation of Sullivan County history for the enlightenment of future generations.
The presentation of these awards will be at the Society’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 18 at the Rockland House in Roscoe.
The 2014 History Maker and History Preserver recipients are:
History Maker Award – 2014: Sullivan County Long Beards – Since the very earliest days of Sullivan County history, the county’s forests and streams have provided both sport and subsistence to outdoor enthusiasts. Over the years, the exploits of these sportsmen have been well chronicled, from the early writings of James Quinlan to the current essays of Sullivan County Historian, John Conway. Among the numerous sportsmen’s clubs throughout the county that share in this heritage, the Sullivan County Long Beards are true representatives. Chartered with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the local chapter has promoted, over the years, the involvement of outdoor activity through education and conservation. The sponsors of numerous programs, the Sullivan County Long Beards are committed to passing on this heritage, as well as the preservation and improvement of habitat, for future generations.
History Preserver Award – 2014: Patricia and William Burns – The stated mission of the Sullivan County Historical Society has been no better exemplified than through the endeavors of “Pat” and “Bill” Burns. Through their historical knowledge and organizational skills, the Society has developed an excellence in the preservation of Sullivan County history, from the management of archival material to the day-to-day tasks of operating the County Museum. Because of their stewardship, the Society continues to remain viable, even in these days of economical and technological challenges.