Faculty Emerita Dinah Courrier to be Recognized as 2017 History Hero

Dinah W. Courrier
Dinah W. Courrier (right) and David L. Frederick Sr., New Creek, a life member of the Mineral County Historical Society, who was nominated for the award last year.

Reprinted with permission of the CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS

KEYSER, W.Va. — Dinah W. Courrier of Keyser, a life member of the Mineral County Historical Society, will be honored as a 2017 History Hero during a March 9 History Day program in Charleston. Courrier is also faculty emerita of Office Systems Technology at Potomac State College of West Virginia University having provided 27 years of service.

 “I am honored to have the historical society recognize me for something that I love,” Courrier said. “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to three wonderful teachers of West Virginia history who instilled in me a love for local and state history and the importance of preserving our heritage for future generations.”

History Heroes are nominated by historical, genealogical, preservation, museum, patriotic or like organizations from across the state. The awards give state-level recognition to individuals chosen for dedicated service on behalf of an organization’s programs or for a recent significant contribution to state and local history through research, interpretation, publication or preservation. 

Courrier was nominated by the historical society.

Courrier edited and researched the society’s publication on Mineral County schools and prepared its celebration program of the county’s sesquicentennial in 2016.

She also wrote three grants for the preservation of the Carskadon Mansion, produced a DVD on county history and coordinated programs, displays and celebrations of black history in Mineral County and at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

In 2016, she volunteered space, expertise and memorabilia for a county museum.

West Virginia History Day is officially designated by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission as a special day to recognize the state’s rich and varied history. The History Hero awards program will take place in the State Theater at the Culture Center.