BATH - Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame will be accepted until March 31, according to county Historian Emily Simms.
“The Hall of Fame is important to Steuben County because it allows us to recognize local individuals who have made contributions both past and present to our county,” Simms said. “There are people from a wide variety of fields who have already been inducted for their impact on Steuben County and we are pleased to be able to continue to honor others this year.”
This year marks a change in the timing and celebration of the event. In the past, nominations were accepted in December, with committee members reviewing applications and selecting candidates several weeks later. The candidates were endorsed by a Steuben County legislative committee with final approval by the full Steuben County Legislature, followed by a banquet at a later date.
The new schedule streamlines the process, marked by a March 31 deadline, with the committee reviewing and selecting proposed inductees in early May. A reception for the inductees will follow their approval by the county Legislature in late June.
Portraits of the honorees also will be placed in the county Hall of Fame photo gallery, relocated three years ago to the southern hallway of the second floor in the County Office Building.
“I hope this better accommodates both the members of the review committee as well as schools who may be interested in participating, and makes the process easier,” Simms said.
What remains the same is the eligibility for induction: Nominees may be a living or deceased man, woman or child who has enhanced the name of Steuben County. They should have resided in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere.
Past nominees not inducted into the county Hall of Fame may be re-nominated. Since 1976, more than 450 people have been nominated with 141 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame.
Inductees in 2017 were 1864 Alfred University graduate and licensed medical practitioner Hannah Simpson Spencer, of Jasper; Paul Harris “Service Above Self” recipient and dedicated family physician, Dr. Roy W. Robinson, M.D. of Wayland; and Purple Heart recipient Patrick Monahan and his wife, Betty Monahan, both recipients of the James H. Park Achievement Award and recognized for their dedication to the Bath VA.
For applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357; or call (607) 664-2199.