Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Hubert Hawkins History Award to B. Michael “Mike” McCormick of Terre Haute, Ind., at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Hubert Hawkins History Award is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.
A practicing lawyer for more than 45 years, McCormick took a step away from his practice in 2000 to focus on studying, writing and serving the history and historical causes of Vigo County and the Wabash Valley. He is known for both his excellent recall of persons, places and events, as well as his weekly newspaper columns in the Tribune-Star. According to one of his nominators, “I dare say there may be no other living person with a more comprehensive knowledge and understanding of this area’s history than Mike.”
His published works, which also include books, continue to serve as valuable resources for historical documentation and heritage education. His latest book, Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash, is now in its fourth printing.
In addition to his writing, McCormick regularly offers public speaking engagements. He is a member of the board of Terre Haute Landmarks and is the organization’s immediate past president. McCormick also serves as Vigo County Historian—an appointment made by the IHS and Indiana Historical Bureau. He has also served on the boards of the Vigo County Historical Society, Educational Heritage Association of Vigo County and the Canal Society of Indiana, and has been a historical advisor for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana State University.
For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.
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