2014-04-10 / Local & State

Waite Historian Of The Year

Fulton County Heritage Days June 14 and 15
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Fulton County Historical Society President Linda Garber, left, presents the Historian of the Year award to Naomi Waite, who is surrounded last Thursday night by her extended family. Fulton County Historical Society President Linda Garber, left, presents the Historian of the Year award to Naomi Waite, who is surrounded last Thursday night by her extended family. NEWS EDITOR

Fulton County Historical Society bestowed its greatest honor last Thursday night naming Naomi Waite the recipient of the coveted Historian of the Year award.

Citing Waite’s six years of volunteerism in organizing the society’s vast number of historical documents and books located in the upstairs of the Fulton County Library, award presenters Glenn Cordell and Dick Miller referred to this year’s award recipient as a “great addition” to the society.

Falling back on her secretarial duties that she honed at Letterkenney Army Depot, Waite has been instrumental in filing, alphabetizing and categorizing the many shelves of historical documents the society has accrued over the years, Cordell said. She’s also devoted countless hours to the recording and collection of obituaries related to the area.

“She can be a challenge to all of us that life can get better,” said Cordell, referencing Waite’s active lifestyle that includes helping with summer Bible school and Bible release at the Knobsville Church of the Brethren, where she has also served in the capacity of piano accompanist for many years.

Waite is also a member of the Knobsville Singles Club as well as the North End Garden Club and enjoys knitting, collecting bottlecaps and feeding birds. A mother to three sons, she recently became a great-grandmother.

In addition to presenting the Historian of the Year award as part of their annual dinner and meeting at the McConnellsburg Firehall, society President Linda Garber provided the crowd on hand with a run-down of activities that demonstrate the organization’s commitment to researching, preserving and restoring local history. Possibly the greatest representation of their commitment and mission statement is the upcoming Fulton County Heritage Days that is scheduled for June 14 and 15 at the Moore Farm located south of McConnellsburg.

A celebration of local history, the event will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Last Confederate Bivuoac that occurred following the burning of Chambersburg in 1864. The Moore Farm will be the host site for a variety of activities, including a living history village, educational speakers, battle re-enactments, a Civil War era barn dance with music by the Second South Carolina Band and Civil War vendors.

In conjunction, society member Edie Coleman is currently collecting Civil War related relics to showcase in the Fulton House museum. Items can be temporarily lended to the society for the event by area residents and history buffs but must be turned in by May 15.

Dressed in Civil War attire, Kirk Davis, founder of the American Living History Education Society, touched on his consultation services for the event as well as what one can expect to see on location. Troops of re-enactors are slated to begin arriving for the event on Friday afternoon, and the site will be operational by 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration for re-enactors is coming along, said Davis, who has received telephone calls from as far away as Arizona.

In addition to afternoon battles both Saturday and Sunday, Sunday will get under way with a 9 a.m. nondenominational church service open to the public.

“It’s not just a shoot ‘em up, knock ‘em down re-enactment. It’s a community event,” concluded Davis, noting that “history will come alive.”

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