CHARLESTON - The sponsors of West Virginia History Day at the Legislature, West Virginia Archives and History has announced that Dallas W. Skeen of Ripley will be honored as a West Virginia History Hero during a History Day program and ceremony to be held at the Culture Center on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Nominated by the Jackson County Historical Society, Skeen has been a member of the Jackson County group since it was formed in 1969. Over the years, he has served four terms as president, and he is currently vice president. 

Washington’s Western Lands Museum was established and the Sayre Log House was relocated to the museum site during his terms as president.

Skeen has assisted with publication and distribution of several books on Jackson County, presents programs at meetings of the society and other local organizations, volunteers at the museum, and gives tours of the log house at Cedar Lakes. His willingness to give of his time and talents to the society makes him an invaluable member.

West Virginia History Heroes are nominated by historical, genealogical, preservation, museum, patriotic or like organizations from across the state. The purpose of the annual award is to give state-level recognition to individuals chosen for dedicated service on behalf of an organization’s programs or for a recent significant contribution to state and local history through research, interpretation, publication or preservation. The West Virginia History Hero award is a one-time-only recognition.

The 2017 History Hero awards program is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the State Theater at the Culture Center and will conclude before 11 a.m. 

West Virginia History Day at the Legislature was begun by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission in 1997 and is officially designated by the commission as a special day to recognize the state’s rich and varied history. This annual event, during which groups from around the state provide history displays in the capitol, is now in its 21st year. This year, more than 60 groups have registered to have displays in the upper rotunda of the capitol.

In addition to the Archives and History Commission, co-sponsors of West Virginia History Day are Mining Your History Foundation, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Inc., West Virginia Association of Museums, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, West Virginia Historical Society and West Virginia Humanities Council.