John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards of the Centre County Historical Society


2023 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Award Recipients

Since 1988, the Centre County Historical Society has annually recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Centre County history.

We congratulate this year’s lineup of dedicated Award recipients:

History and Heritage
Julia Spicher Kasdorf
For her role in conceptualizing and producing an interpretation of local history in a visual and highly entertaining way, and for giving voice to the often-unheralded accomplishments of our homegrown heros.

Education and Advocacy
Paul Daniel Marriott, Rethinking 322
This award recognizes Dan Marriott for his contribution towards facilitating community conversations about the future of the Route 322 corridor in the Penns-Brush Valley Rural Historic District. The Larch 414 studio class in the Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture used the proposed State College Area Connector Project as a case study.

2023 CCHS Awards:
Jacqueline J. Melander Award
James and Gay Dunne
For the outstanding and nearly life-long commitment to the historical and cultural enhancements that contributed to the renaissance of Bellefonte.


C-NET Video of the 2023 Awards Ceremony:

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Thank you to this year’s Award recipients and contributors to the John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards of the Centre County Historical Society!

With special thanks:
C-NET Sponsor: Centre County Government

Graphic Design: David Lembeck • Venue: American Philatelic Society
Awards Program Committee • Co-chairs: Katie O’Toole and Ford Risley

Awards Program Committee Members: Rebecca Inlow, Matt Maris, Sue Hannegan, Jackie Melander, Bob Hazelton and Dick Pencek, Mary Sorensen, Executive Director and Johanna Sedgwick, Marketing and Events Coordinator

C-Net Recording of the 2022 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony:

2020 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards Program:

2021 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards Program:


Nomination Information

Have you noticed people that are preserving history or historic sites in Centre County? Let us know! Nominations for 2024 will be due by May 1, 2024. Start looking around! For more information about the John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards and to submit a nomination, click on the button below:

You may also download the nomination form below and send by May 1 to the
Historic Preservation Awards Committee
Centre County Historical Society
1001 E. College Avenue . State College, PA 16801
Or email to info@centrecountyhistory.org with HP Award Nomination in the subject line.

See past recipients of the John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards and Award Nomination Form: