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     "History Hero" awards are presented on History Day, an annual event at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in Charleston. The recipients of the award are individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of local or regional history.

     The History Hero awards were presented on February 21, 2008 at the Cultural Center in Charleston. The late Bryan Bills was honored posthumously, along with his wife, Jackie, who attended the event. Mary Rea Lamp was also honored as a History Hero.

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Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte, Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, History Hero Jackie Bills, and Delegate Woody Ireland.
[Photo by West Virginia Division of Culture and History.]

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Mary Lamp, Walter Carpenter, Jackie Bills & Gerald Bills.
Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Bills were previous recipients of the History Hero award.

[Photo provided by Gerald Bills.]


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Bryan & Jackie Bills

     Bryan (deceased) and Jackie Bills, members of the Pleasants County Historical Society, spent years studying Pleasants County families through obituaries, historical documents, official records, cemetery records, and personal knowledge. Their efforts have resulted in the creation of extensive genealogical charts for hundreds of Pleasants County families, which have been made available at the Pleasants County Library. Copies of the actual obituaries were organized and donated to the library, the Pleasants County WVGenWeb site, historical society, and Daughters of the American Revolution. The Bills have welcomed researchers into their home, and Bryan shared his lifelong knowledge of the county with these visitors and often gave personal tours.

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From left: Denyse Cornell, daughter; Jackie Bills; Patrick Bills, son; Resea Bills, daughter.
[Photo by Gerald Bills.]


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[Photo by Gerald Bills.]

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[Photo by Gerald Bills.]



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Kay Goodwin, secretary of Education and the Arts; Mary Lamp;
Senator Frank Deem, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte.

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Kay Goodwin, secretary of Education and the Arts; Mary Lamp;
Delegate Tom Azinger, and Archives and History Commission Chairman Robert Conte.

[Photos by West Virginia Division of Culture and History]

     Mary L. (Rea) Lamp is an active member of the Pleasants County Historical Society and registrar for the Ohio Valley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She chaired a DAR lineage workshop and as chapter registrar assists local women seeking to become members, helping them document descent from a Revolutionary War patriot. Lamp is a talented genealogist and contributor to the Pleasants County WVGenWeb page and has written and presented programs on the history of several pioneer families. She also was instrumental in procuring a government marker for the grave of Ralph Wilson, a War of 1812 veteran, and spoke at its dedication.

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Mary Lamp, Jim Ruckman, Walter Carpenter
[Photo by Linda Fluharty.]


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Mary Lamp with State Delegates Tom Azinger, John Ellem & Daniel Poling
[Photo provided by Mary Lamp.]


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