Wheeling Lands Five on West Virginia’s “Heroes of History” List | News, Sports, Jobs

WHEELING – Residents of Five Wheeling will be honored as Heroes of West Virginia History in recognition of their contributions to state and local history.

West Virginia Archives and History will recognize five locals, who were nominated by various historical and cultural organizations, in a ceremony Thursday morning at the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Recognition as a Hero in West Virginia History is in recognition of an individual’s service on behalf of an organization’s programs, or for significant contributions through research, interpretation, publication, or publication.

– Cockayne Farmstead nominee Deborah Barto has been a volunteer with the Glen Dale organization since 2013, where she helps plan annual programming, including the Hungry for History summer lecture series, the Artisan Festival and West Virginia Day activities. In 2016 Barto led the creation of Cockayne Farmstead’s strategic plan, and in 2020 led efforts to rewrite the plan so it could be used to apply for grants over a three-year period.

Additionally, Barto helped decide how programming could be adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as developing a volunteer handbook and preparing a set of policies on conducting oral history interviews.

– Peter Chacalos, nominated by the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable, has been its vice-chair since 2019.

Chacalos developed the organization’s Facebook page and website, and presented programs on Civil War-related topics to various groups. Recently, he spent considerable time researching military events, people, places, and units for a book about the Civil War in West Virginia, which he plans to make available this year.

– Steven Davis was nominated by the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society and has spent countless hours volunteering at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Wheeling. Starting with mowing the grass, his efforts quickly turned into retrieving buried markers, repairing and resetting them, and planting flowers and shrubs. Davis brought attention to the cemetery by posting before and after photos of volunteer work and played a leading role in establishing the cemetery as a non-profit entity, allowing more funding for the future maintenance and renovation.

– Wendy Scatterday has been a friend of historic preservation projects and community efforts in Wheeling, and was nominated by Friends of Wheeling, Inc. A licensed architect, Scatterday has worked on a number of historic preservation and rehabilitation efforts in West Virginia, especially locally in Wheeling, most recently the Bridge Tavern building.

Scatterday has served on the Boards of Directors and Executive Committee of Wheeling Heritage, in addition to providing pro bono professional assistance to several building owners and organizations.

– Lisa Singer was nominated by the Victorian Old Town Association and has been a force in preserving buildings and organizing residents in the North Wheeling National Historic District. Singer worked tirelessly to bring the neighborhood to its full potential through clean-up days and sidewalk sales, and served as president of the Victorian Old Town Association for four years.

She coordinated the installation of banners and helped organize tours of pre-war and local Victorian homes, and under her recent leadership the neighborhood was named Wheeling’s “design review” district, which provides additional protection and architectural guidance for historic structures.

The History Heroes awards program will take place Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the State Theater. Local legislators were invited to participate in the ceremony.

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