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 Award of Merit from the Historical Society of Michigan
John Revitte (left) presented the Award of Merit to Betty LeClair (President) and C. Edward Wall (holding plaque)

View plaque presented to the Historical Society.

On 15 October 2004, the Historical Society of Michigan presented its annual Awards of Merit at the 130th State History Conference held in St. Joseph, Michigan. The Awards presentation at a special reception and banquet was a highlight of the meeting.

The annual State History Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

Awards were presented in eight categories recognizing the contributions of local historical societies, distinguished volunteer service, distinguished professional service, Michigan history publications, media, restoration and preservation, special programs and education.

Local Historical Societies

The Pittsfield Township Historical Society is the sole winner in the Local Societies category in recognition of its interesting recent activity including an informative new website. While a rather young organization, the Society has developed an archive, sponsored monthly programs and special events on varied topics, and published a newsletter regarding the Society and local history. The Society helped initiate archaeological digs of local sites and has begun to investigate creating a historical village to relocate special community buildings. One significant initiative was the development of an exciting and educational website. The website now contains various local treasures such as the history of local schools, early plat maps, historic photos, treaty and document texts, and early farm family histories as well as more recent oral history transcripts. The website has promoted residents to share local stories and or school groups to explore and learn more of their local history. The society's varied activity and website aptly demonstrates the society's interests and successes in preserving and promoting Pittsfield Township’s rich local history.

Source: From the citation written and read by John Revitte during the Awards Banquet.

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