In 2011 to recognize the Society's 40th anniversary, the Society instituted a Preble County Historical Society Hall of Honor. Each year a deceased resident, or deceased former resident of Preble County who contributed greatly to the county, state, or nation by his or her achievements, will be selected for the Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor.
As recorders of the history of Preble County, The Register Herald and The Preble County Historical Society are natural partners in co-sponsoring the Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor will be an annual program of both entities and this annual process will provide each entity with many opportunities to collaborate publicly on the project in ways that will promote the value of each entity to the residents and businesses of the county.
A ceremony will be held in July of each year at the Historical Center, dedicated to the honoree's memory.
To qualify for the honor, the person must be deceased and must have lived in Preble County at some point in his/her life. Additionally, he/she must meet one or more of the following requirements: Be outstanding in achievement in agriculture, arts, professions, politics, public service, education, inventor, sports, or a reputation that brings honor to the county; or personal commitment and service to the county; or had a lasting impact on the county.
Nomination forms are available at the Preble County Historical Society, can be downloaded from the web site www.preblecountyhistorical.com, or an email request for the form may be made to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Completed forms are to be returned no later than April 1, 2013 via US Mail or email to: Preble County Historical Society, 7693 Swartsel Road, Eaton, OH 45320. Phone/Fax 937-787-4256.
We will welcome the 2013 inductees and their families for recognition and to celebrate the 2012 inductees with the dedication of plaques in their honor at 6:00pm on July 7, 2013, at the Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at the Preble County Historical Center.