AHGS Receives Award for Local Cookbook from North Carolina Society of Historians!

Representatives of the Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society traveled to Hickory, NC Saturday, October 11, 2008 to receive the Paul Green Multimedia Award from North Carolina Society of Historians for their memorial cookbook, “Recipes that Raised Us.” AHGS compiled the book last year and have donated all proceeds to the Alleghany County Public Library for their building fund. The book, now in its second printing, has generated approximately $7500 in sales to date.

In her letter to the Society informing them of the award, NCSH President Elizabeth Sherrill stated:

“…In this paragraph that I am ‘supposed’ to print an excerpt from the judges’ collective comments; and, usually those comments are very straight-forward. In this case, however, I must tell you that, while the recipe book received raving reviews, one judge stated, ‘I had a problem with this entry. Due to the fact that the book contains such wonderful photographs, exceptional historical data, in an unusual manner, I ended up BURNING the Old Fashion Molasses Stack Cake listed on page 135! There’s nothing worse than the smell of burned molasses on the bottom of one’s oven! And, I felt the eyes of Ms. Ennice Greene glaring down at me from Heaven as I put down the book in order to scrub up the terrible, sticky mess. The book should come with a warning: Don’t read it while using it! It is difficult to put down … until it’s too late.’

“Thank you so much for your expertise and dedication with regard to perpetuating the history of your county via such an unusual method. Also, thank you for the smiles that you have created that you are not even aware of!”

At the annual event, NCSH presented awards in several historical and genealogical categories relating to local, regional or statewide people, places or events: History Books, Publishers, Multimedia, Journal, Newsletter, Society, Religious History Books, Newspaper & Magazine Articles, Family History Books, Historical Fiction, and Museums. The multimedia category takes in historical plays, videos, oral histories, poetry, music, websites, brochures, pamphlets, demonstrations, etc. A Presidents Award was given to the President’s personal choice of all entries that won by the unanimous decision of a distinguished panel of judges. Only one prestigious Historian of the Year award was presented this year.

The North Carolina Society of Historians was established in 1941 for the purpose of collecting, preserving and perpetuating North Carolina’s rich history; and for recognizing those persons who fulfill the society’s objectives.

For more information on the North Carolina Society of Historians, please visit their website at www.ncsocietyofhistorians.org. Elizabeth Bray Sherrill, President, NCSH, PO Box 93, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673-0093.

Cookbooks are available in Sparta at the Alleghany County Public Library, Buxton Abbey, Victoria’s Tea Time, Imaging Specialists, or online at www.spartastore.com. The price is $20 each or $15 each for 3 or more.

L to R in image at top: AHGS Secretary Irene Wagner, AHGS Member Pauline Jolly, NCSH President Elizabeth Sherrill, AHGS Vice President Roy Hunt, AHGS Member Claire Halsey, AHGS President Jeff Halsey

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