Jane Hughes honored as ‘History Hero’


On February 21, 2024, at the Culture Center in Charleston, Jane Hughes, Archives Volunteer for the Greenbrier Historical Society, was named a West Virginia History Hero by The Division of Arts, Culture and History, Randall Reid-Smith, Curator.  

Nominated by the Greenbrier Historical Society, Ms. Hughes was recognized for her tireless devotion to cataloging and sharing the diverse history of the Greenbrier Valley area through the collections housed in the North House Museum.   She has a background in library science and served as a librarian before retirement. She has made many improvements to the library and archives. She separated the archives records from the library collection in PastPerfect. She has cataloged the family genealogy collection; re-cataloged the Lewisburg homes collection; and documented and cataloged the Greenbrier County Courthouse ledgers which were stored off-site. She is currently in the process of cataloging, classifying, and making accessible many other resources.

The award was announced by the Director of Archives and History, Aaron Parsons, and presented by Thomas Bailey, Chair of the WV Archives and History Commission.  GHS President Al Emch also attended the ceremony and said, “Jane’s dedicated service to the people who come to the Greenbrier Historical Society to investigate their ancestry has been especially remarkable.  This recognition is most well deserved.”

Del. Todd Longanacre, Jane Hughes, and Del. Jeff Campbell.

About the award, Hughes said, “I really appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to help folks find historical and genealogical information. That I can use my education, skills, and curiosity about the past to help people in my retirement is just plain wonderful!”

Founded in 1963, the Greenbrier Historical Society is dedicated to community enrichment through education and preservation of the history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley. The Greenbrier Historical Society is a regional organization that serves the West Virginia counties of Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, and Pocahontas.


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