February 11, 2016
Miller Awarded West Virginia History Hero Award
Brett Miller ’06, archivist, coordinator of records management, and music librarian for West Virginia Wesleyan College, was recently awarded the West Virginia History Hero award by the West Virginia Archives and History section of the Division of Culture and History as part of the annual West Virginia History Day at the Legislature in Charleston.
Miller was nominated by the Upshur County Historical Society for the award, which began in 1997, as part of the 2016 class that included nearly 50 individuals. Potential award recipients are nominated by local or state historical societies, museums, and preservation agencies. According to the nomination form, “criteria for the award include dedicated supporting service for the organization’s programs, or a recent significant contribution to state and local history through research, interpretation, publication or preservation.”
The Upshur County Historical Society focused Miller’s nomination on his work with the College’s 125th anniversary. Last year, Miller penned the book Our Home Among the Hills: The 125-Year History of West Virginia Wesleyan College as part of the College’s anniversary celebration, as well as worked on the anniversary exhibits that were displayed during Homecoming weekend. Miller also completed volunteer work with the Society to curate their 2015 summer exhibit “Higher Education in Upshur County.” As part of his position as archivist at Wesleyan, Miller also has worked continuously to produce digital content, such as the Wesleyan yearbooks and College newspapers, to preserve College and local history.
As part of the nomination, the Society also noted Miller’s participation in a number of statewide initiatives related to West Virginia history, including his service as the conference archivist for the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; his involvement with the Pearl S. Buck Collection Collaborative between West Virginia University, Wesleyan, and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation; and his service as a member of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation Board of Directors.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected for this award, and I am grateful to the Upshur County Historical Society for nominating me,” Miller said. “For years, West Virginia Wesleyan College has played an important role in Upshur County and in the state of West Virginia, so it is very rewarding for me to have a chance to share that rich history through preservation work and through outreach. I am fortunate to be doing work I love on a daily basis with great people who have a deep appreciation of local and state history.”
For more information regarding the West Virginia History Hero award, please visit http://www.wvculture.org/history/histhero.html
Cutline: Miller is shown accepting his award. L-R: Harold Forbes (Chairman of the Archives and History Division), Miller, Delegate Bill Hamilton, and Secretary Kay Goodwin. Photos provided by Dewayne and Ginnie Lowther
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