Curt Witcher Honored with a Hoosier Hospitality Award

curt-witcherCurt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, was honored Friday with a Hoosier Hospitality Award from the office of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The Genealogy Center generally draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Witcher was honored for taking exceptional steps to make Fort Wayne’s genealogy tourists feel welcome. A press release announcing the award recounted this example: “On one occasion, a group of visitors was planning to be in Fort Wayne for only a short period of time. Witcher’s nominator said he took their information before they arrived and began doing the background research for them. When the visitors arrived and found that several pieces of their family history had been assembled, they were moved by Witcher’s generosity.”

Witcher was one of 18 people honored for their contributions to Hoosier tourism on Friday in Indianapolis. “These award recipients are living examples of Hoosier Hospitality,” said Mark Newman, executive director of Indiana Office of Tourism Development, said in a statement announcing the awards. “Their daily encounters with guests and visitors make what we do at the state level that much more effective.”

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Linda in Lancaster August 26, 2016 at 4:39 am

I’ve always had a great deal of respect for this gentleman. The first time I heard him speak was many moons ago in SLC and he held my attention from the moment he opened his mouth to speak! Others may want to see Paris or Athens, but my goal before I die is to get to Allen County Library!

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He certainly deserves it, even back in 1988 before their big renovation project (which I have longed to go see, but never have yet) he waited on me with all kinds of Courtesy when I did some Indiana research. Always remembered that and watched his progress happily.

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Barbara Curtindale August 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

That sounds just like Curt. He is very helpful, full of information and a great motivational research speaker. I’ve known him for many years. I believe since back in the 70’s or early 80’s. when I made research trips down to Ft. Wayne, Allen Co. Library. Congrats. Curt!

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Couldn’t happen to a better guy! He is an inspiration to many. No one works harder to make Fort Wayne a “destination.” 🙂 Congratulations Curt!

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Reblogged this on familytreegirldotcom and commented:
Now this is extra special and well deserved. Thanks for sharing Dick Eastman. Curt is one of my favorite people. The MAAGI group works with him and his staff for the Institute that is held at the Genealogy Center. Love him!

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Most of my beginning and advanced research occurred when I lived in southern Michigan and I made pilgrimages to Ft. Wayne regularly to spend time in the library. Curt Witcher certainly helped to build the library as a major tourist destination. As well as being an outstanding administrator, he is a nice welcoming guy and a great speaker. He deserves the award and should have been so recognized long ago.

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Curt Witcher kindly helped me when I sent a written inquiry about the resources of the Allen County Public Library. Thanks to his assistance, I followed up with a successful trip to the library in Fort Wayne. After researching my family for over 30 years across the entire country, his help has always been the standard by which I measure all others in his field. He totally deserves the Hoosier Hospitality Award and I’m glad for the opportunity to thank him again.

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