Patricia Van Skaik, department manager of the genealogy and local history department at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and a well-known genealogy lecturer, received the Griffin Yeatman Award from Hamilton County Recorder Wayne Coates. The award recognizes those who volunteer time and services to historic preservation of buildings, sites, structures, memorabilia, research and documents concerning the history of Hamilton County.
Through the efforts of Van Skaik, she coordinated entry of local history into Newsdex (local newspaper index), created a library achieves by video recording 350 World War II and Korean War veterans submitting them to the Library of Congress, mounted an Exhibit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1937 flood and created enumeration district map overlays of the 1940 Hamilton County map.
She also brought worldwide attention to the importance and preservation of the “Cincinnati Panorama of 1848,” and she worked to digitize items for wider access mainly Cincinnati City Directories, and made available grave registration cards of war veterans, and, through her efforts, she repaired and conserved the “Lincoln Flag” which fell off Lincoln’s carriage on a visit to Cincinnati.
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