Nomination Deadline Approaching for Orleans Heritage Heroes Awards

Friday, January 31, 2014

What:Nomination Deadline Approaching for Orleans Heritage Heroes Awards

When: Friday, January 31, 2014

Where: Submit via mail/email to:
GCC Medina
11470 Maple Ridge Rd.
Medina, NY 14103-9675

Genesee Community College encourages people to act now to nominate Orleans County citizens for the first annual Heritage Heroes Awards. All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

The Heritage Heroes Awards are an effort to recognize the impressive efforts of Orleans County citizens who work diligently, often without remuneration, to preserve the county’s history. GCC has discovered many local history advocates through its Civil War Initiative, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “When we held the Encampment in Medina last year, it became obvious how this County values its history and embraces its preservation,” said Prof. Derek Maxfield, Encampment Coordinator. “This is a way to shine a light on those who make many personal sacrifices in order to preserve history for future generations.”

The College will recognize these Heritage Heroes during its third annual Civil War Encampment, which will once again be held at GCC’s Medina Campus Center April 26-27, 2014.

Nominees for Heritage Heroes Awards must be Orleans County residents. They can be any age but posthumous nominations will not be accepted. History professionals and GCC employees are also not eligible for the award, nor are those who serve on the awards selection committee. Nominations will not be retained for future consideration.

To nominate someone for the Heritage Heroes Awards, write up a brief statement outlining the person’s contributions, projects and community affiliations. Include his/her name (anonymous nominations will not be accepted), address, phone number and email address. Submit the nomination to:

Genesee Community College
ATTENTION: Heritage Heroes Committee
11470 Maple Ridge Rd.
Medina, NY 14103-9675

Nominations may also be emailed to Orleans Campus Centers Associate Dean Jim Simon at Please write Heritage Heroes Nomination in the subject line.

A screening committee made up of community members, history professionals and GCC students will review the nominations and select finalists. From those finalists, a committee including GCC Associate Dean Jim Simon, Assistant Professor and Encampment Coordinator Derek Maxfield and Orleans Hub Editor Tom Rivers will choose the Heritage Heroes.

For more information about GCC’s Civil War Initiative visit the website or contact Coordinator Derek Maxfield, Assistant Professor of History, at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or

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