Bill Barrow (right) receives Herrick Award from Jill Herrick (left).
Friday, July 20, 2012, was the 216th anniversary of the founding of Cleveland and the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve, and they held an annual celebration on Public Square at 11:00 a.m. with their traditional ceremony in front of Moses Cleaveland's statue. During the festivities, they presented their Herrick Memorial Award, given annually since 1981 for promoting Cleveland, to William C. Barrow for his work with the highly-collaborative Cleveland Memory Project at the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library.
The award plaque reads:
In his role as Special Collections Librarian at the Cleveland State University Library, Bill Barrow has been energetically promoting the history of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio for over a decade. Special Collections is home of the huge, popular Cleveland Press Collection, from Cleveland's former afternoon daily newspaper, and supports the work of hundreds of students, authors, historians, genealogists, and the media with its emphasis on access and use. It also provides most of the photographs and other materials that are digitized and offered on-line through the Library's Cleveland Memory Project.
Cleveland Memory is a highly collaborative collection of historical resources offered freely on the Web. Built since 2002 by the efforts of library school practicum students, dedicated volunteers and the staff of area libraries, historical societies and governmental agencies, who are trained and supported by the library's professional staff, Cleveland Memory is both a terrific window in the Northeast Ohio community's history and a way for its citizens to participate in its construction. It is regionalism in action for our local citizens and a way for far-flung Clevelanders everywhere to stay connected with their hometown. As the Cleveland Memory Project's co-founder, team leader and public spokesman, Bill Barrow is receiving this Herrick Memorial Award for 2012.
Early Settlers' Association of the Western Reserve, Herrick Award
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