Historical Society Annual Awards Presented

March 06, 2018
Historical Society Annual Awards Presented
The Manitowoc County Historical Society presented their Historic Preservation and Volunteer Awards at the organization’s 112th Annual Meeting and Banquet on Thursday, March 1 at Knox’s Silver Valley Banquet Hall, Manitowoc.  The evening featured a business meeting, the election of new Directors and the presentation of the Society’s Historic Preservation and Volunteer Awards. 
Candidates for election to the Society’s Board of Directors included Bill Fricke, Jennifer Johnson, and Jamie Lambrecht; all candidates for election for first term as Director. There was also recognition of outgoing Board Members Judy Goodchild and Marge Jehle.
The Society’s Meeting concluded with the organization’s 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. 
The Hugo and Eleanor Vetting Restoration Award recognizes restorations of historic structures.  The 2017 Hugo and Eleanor Vetting Restoration Award was presented to Sepia Chapel – Two Rivers. Barry and Gina Krahn purchased the St. Luke's Church Building. They have renovated it and it is now a venue for weddings, special events, dedications and fundraisers. They have maintained the integrity of the building by removing the 7 layers of floor covering to reveal hard wood floors. The Stained-glass windows have remained in tack, showcasing the history of the building and the art of stained glass. The alter area remains and is now the centerpiece for their weddings and dedication events. They have done an outstanding job in preserving the history of St. Luke's, and turning the space into a beautiful venue for special event days in Two Rivers. Accepting the award for Sepia Chapel was Barry Krahn (pictured).
The Society’s Dillon Mueller Youth Service Award is in honor of Dillon Mueller, who served his community well as an Eagle Scout and assisted with many projects for MCHS.  The 2017 Dillon Mueller Youth Service Award was presented to Emily Shedal for her dedication to MCHS as a volunteer intern. Emily worked at MCHS as an intern from 2015 to 2017. She was a great help in the research library and worked to scan images and text for our Historical Society’s “Creating Our Story” book. She also helped create lesson plans for youth programs and our Traveling Manitowoc County A to Z exhibit.
Manitowoc County Historical Society volunteers who shared over 100 hours of service were also recognized. Those volunteers included George Baldwin, Eugene Durben, Phil Groll, Rick Herman, Dan Juchniewich, Greg Krcma, Mark Leonhard, Paul Londo, Emmy Rebitz, Romelle Rusch, and Jeff Seidl.
Also presented was the Lisa Rohrer Square Nail Award. In 2010, MCHS lost a wonderful volunteer and member, Lisa Rohrer.  She inspired the organizstion with her strength and her ability to overcome challenges.  The Award is given for long-term volunteer achievement and is given at the discretion of the Manitowoc County Historical Society Board of Directors and Staff. This year’s recipient for the Lisa Rohrer Square Nail award was Emmy Rebitz. Emmy has been a fixture at MCHS front desk for the last decade. She greets visitors, ushers busloads of children, and helps with many office tasks.
The evening concluded with a fundraiser raffle.
Amy Meyer, Executive Director
director@manitowoccountyhistory.org, (920) 684-4445