Ann Bell, a member of the Greenbrier Historical Society’s Board of Directors was honored on Feb. 13 as one of West Virginia’s 2014 History Heroes.
Over the past 18 years, groups, West Virginia has recognized groups, organizations, and individuals working towards the preservation of our state’s history and historical resources. The dedication, labor, and relentless efforts of these “History Heroes” go beyond their traditional roles and duties to ensure the success of local historical, genealogical, preservation, or museum organizations.
Since 1997, the West Virginia History Hero award has been presented to the honorees at the annual History Day at the Capitol in Charleston. The 2014 “History Heroes” recipients had been recognized for their grassroots efforts, years of dedicated behind-the-scenes services and for their contributions to preserving a historical site or historic collection.
Over the years, Ann Bell has been committed to preservation in both her personal and professional life. She has been enthusiastically involved with the Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum since 1993, and has been an active member of the Board of Directors since 2006. Ann has also served on several committees over the years – including the North House Museum Committee, the Homes Tour Committee, and the Special Events Committee. She currently holds the position of Vice President of Museums and is the chair of the North House Museum Committee. In addition to her work with the Board of Directors, Ann assists with various special projects and events at the Greenbrier Historical Society.
As a realtor, Ann advocates for the preservation of our local historic structures. Personally, she owned and restored several historic buildings over the years, including her current office building on Jefferson Street.
The Greenbrier Historical Society was pleased to nominate Ann Bell as a 2014 History Hero and was thrilled to hear of her award. Ann’s dedication to the preservation of Greenbrier Valley history and her service to the Greenbrier Historical Society make her an ideal candidate for this honor.