Four Will Receive County Historical Society Awards

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The Westmoreland County commissioners are among the recipients of the 2007 Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards from the Westmoreland County Historical Society.

Other recipients are the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, Glenn Smeltzer and Dr. Robert C. Wilburn.

The awards will be presented at the eighth annual Arthur St. Clair Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Greensburg Country Club in Hempfield. They are given annually to individuals, public or private organizations and businesses or educational institutions that make a significant and sustainable contribution to the preservation of historic places, documents, records or stories.

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor has developed an innovative solution to the unique challenge of interpreting a six-county portion of the highway with the 200-Mile Roadside Museum. Incorporated in the museum are 231 interpretive exhibits of Westmoreland County, including two with audio components, five artistic gas pumps, two "Picture Yourself" stations and two murals.

Smeltzer, a former physics teacher in the Hempfield Area School District, educates others in the county's history. He is best known for his expertise on the Civil War-period 11th Pennsylvania Regiment and has presented many programs on the topic for various community organizations and continuing education classes at Westmoreland County Community College. …