Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award

DCHS Awards 2020 HWR

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.

2020

We are thrilled to announce that this years winner of the Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award is Sandra Opdycke, Ph.D., who receives the award for her contributions which include books on public health policy, women’s suffrage and the 1918 pandemic, and an article in the current DCHS Yearbook. She has taught at Bard, Vassar and Marist Colleges. Sandra and her husband, Leonard, have been long-term supporters of DCHS.

We are still working through plans for a full announcement and recognition, with an in-person event anticipated and hope for, pending pandemic conditions, in the spring of 2021.

Prior Awardees

Myra Young Armstead ~ 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 ~ Thomas S. Wermuth ~ Dr. Louis C. Zuccarello 

 

2019

Myra Young Armstead
Myra Young Armstead

2019

Thomas S. Wermuth with Board Pres. Lou Lewis
Thomas S. Wermuth with Board Pres. Lou Lewis

2018

Betsy Strauss with Denise Doring Van Buren
Betsy Strauss with Denise Doring Van Buren

2017

Col. Jim Johnson
Col. Jim Johnson

2016

Eileen Mylod Hayden receives the award from Lou Lewis
Eileen Mylod Hayden receives the award from Lou Lewis