This award recognizes the local historian who is an exemplar of the necessary and accurate search for historical truth that represents the spirit of Helen Wilkinson Reynolds. Miss Reynolds was a writer, genealogist, preservationist, and charter member of the society. She was eulogized in 1943 by then-President Franklin D Roosevelt as the most knowledgable student of, and contributor to, the county’s history. Her careful research over 30 years set the high standards of DCHS.
Betsy Strauss lives in Amenia with her husband, Julian, on the Guernsey farm. She is a tireless, probing, researcher who has a broad and inclusive intellectual curiosity. Her writings, talks and exhibitions stake out new territory while being firmly grounded in historical truth. The history of local Russian-Jewish families, the founding role of African Americans, the story of early Irish settlers, are a few examples. As part of a standing offer, Betsy recently introduced a couple who traveled from Nagaland, India to the historic sites and final resting place in Amenia/North East of Rev. Edward Clark and his wife, a local couple whose missionary & educational work in that part of India (1868 to 1910) still touches people today.
Complete List of Awardees
Virginia Buechele ~ Mary Lou Davison ~ Olive H. Doty ~ Dr. Harvey K. Flad ~ David Jon Greenwood ~ Dr. Clyde Griffen ~ Eileen Mylod Hayden ~ Emily Johnson ~ Col. Jim Johnson ~ Arthur & Nancy Kelly ~ Dr. James H. Merrell ~ Dr. Alison Mountz ~ Helen Cole Netter ~ Evan Pritchard ~ Jim & Joan Smith ~ Betsy Strauss ~ Irena Stolarik ~ Dr. Louis C. Zuccarello