EATON — The Preble County Historical Society held its annual meeting on Sunday, April 10, at the Preble County Historical Society’s Center.
The guest speaker was David Simmons. Simmons is senior editor of Timeline, a popular history journal published by the Ohio History Connection.
Previously, Simmons directed the process for listing properties on the National Register of Historic Places in the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. The Darke County native received several writing awards for excellence in industrial archaeology and serves as president of the Ohio Historic Bridge Association.
Simmons holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami University in Oxford. His first professional job was as executive director of the Preble County Historical Society. His presentation “Roberts Covered Bridge: From the Hudson Valley to the Ohio & From Kindling to Marriage” covered the history and construction of the Roberts Bridge in Preble County.
The following recipients received awards during the meeting: Jay Cobb — Sara Swartsel Volunteer of the Year; Roselius Insurance — PCHS Business of the Year; Ron and Rosalie Doran and Karen Welch — Years of Service Award.
The Preble County Historical Society had an open house after the meeting was held.
Executive Director Misti Spillman offered thanks to everyone who attended this year’s meeting.