CHARLESTON - Keyser resident Beverly Wilson Chaney will be honored in Charleston Feb. 22 as a West Virginia History Hero.

For the News Tribune
CHARLESTON - Keyser resident Beverly Wilson Chaney will be honored in Charleston Feb. 22 as a West Virginia History Hero.
Chaney was nominated for the honor by the Friends of Ashby’s Fort and will be recognized during the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s West Virginia History Day.
In 2014, Chaney spearheaded the creation of the Friends group, which works to maintain and promote the fort as an historical site in Mineral County.
Chaney has served as both secretary and a member of the board of directors of the group.
She was instrumental in guiding the Fort Ashby Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), which previously owned the fort, to deed the property to the Friends group and also arranged for the donation of two adjacent pieces of property on which an archaeological dig has revealed more of the fort’s original footprint.
Chaney serves as museum docent, writes press releases and news articles about the fort, coordinates events and has successfully written applications for financial grants.
West Virginia History Heroes are nominated by historical, genealogical, preservation, museum, patriotic or like organizations from across the state.
The purpose of the award is to give state-level recognition to individuals who have made significant contribution to state and local history through research, interpretation, publication, and/or preservation.
The 2018 History Hero awards program is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the state theater at the Culture Center in Charleston.
West Virginia History Day at the Legislature was begun by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission in 1997 and is officially designated by the commission as a special day to recognize the state’s rich and varied history.