Heritage Hero Award 2023 Recipients

Heritage Hero Award Winners

The Heritage Hero Award was created by the History Nebraska Board of Trustees to recognize and thank local volunteers of history organizations around the state for their time and effort in helping to share Nebraska’s history. Cultural organizations from across the state sent in nominations.

The board presents awards to individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving and sharing their region’s history. Each recipient will receive a commemorative pin and certificate presented to them by a member of the History Nebraska Board of Trustees.

The 25 recipients of the 2023 Heritage Hero Award are listed below.

Angela M. Blank

Franklin County Historical Society | Franklin, NE

Carol E. Robertson

Madison County Historical Society | Madison, NE

Donna J. Tromkpe

Sherman County Historical Society | Loup City, NE

Doris Hupf

Robert Henri Museum & Art Gallery | Cozad, NE

Dr. Jeannette Gabriel

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society | Omaha, NE

Duane Nightingale

Cheyenne County Historical Society | Sidney, NE

Evelyn Dvorak

Howard County Historical Society | St. Paul, NE

Gloria Oberg

Dixon County Historical Society | Allen, NE

Ina Glaubius

Wisner Heritage Museum Society | Wisner, NE

Jan Anderson

Robert Henri Museum & Art Gallery | Cozad, NE

Janice Hughes Cohorst

Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project | Wymore, NE

Jim D. Kuhn

Civil War Veterans Museum | Nebraska City, NE

Jim Kohler

International Quilt Museum | Lincoln, NE

Joyce Schlick

Clay County Historical Society | Clay Center, NE

Kenneth W. Clark

Hooker County Historical Society | Mullen, NE

Lucille Schliep

Clay County Historical Society | Clay Center, NE

Marian Williams

Custer County Historical Society | Broken Bow, NE

Marlene and Jim Broer

Wayne County Historical Society | Wayne, NE

Rita Snyder

Elkhorn Valley Museum | Norfolk, NE

Robert Cool

Plainsman Museum | Aurora, NE

Ronald Dowse

Dowse Sod House | Comstock, NE

Van and Becky Vahle

Nebraska National Guard Museum | Seward, NE

Wardene Roark

Long Pine Heritage Society | Long Pine, NE

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