BATH - There is still time for nominations to the Steuben County Hall of Fame, with the deadline set for March 31, according to Steuben County Historian Emily Simms.
So far, some 145 people have been inducted into the county Hall of Fame, including 2019 recipients American Red Cross volunteer Patricia Sager Haines, U.S. Army veterans Richard Call and Carroll Haines and youth advocate and Family Life Network founder Richard Snavely.
Past honorees also include former U.S. Congressman Amo Houghton, Jr., R, Corning, aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss and Vietnam veteran and advocate William Kastner.
The Steuben Hall of Fame has its own history, after it was created in 1976 by the county Board of Supervisors to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial.
The Hall of Fame continued annually until 1998 and resurfaced in 2002, due largely to the efforts of then-county Clerk of the Legislature Christine Kane.
Since 2003, the county Historian’s Office has fielded nominations from the public, beginning in January and ending in March.
All nominations are then reviewed by a committee composed of local historians who select individuals for induction. The individuals are endorsed by the county Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee before a final vote by the county Legislature.
Inductees are honored every year at a reception attended by family and friends, county legislators and local historians. Their photographs and a summary of their accomplishments are mounted in a hallway on the third floor of the County Office Building, 3. E. Pulteney Square in Bath.
Nominees may be any man, woman or child from all walks of life, living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of Steuben County outside county borders. They should have lived in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere.
Fourth grade classes also are encouraged to submit nominations as a part of their state and local history curriculum.
Anyone interested in nominating a notable figure in Steuben County can call 664-2199 or download an application at www.steubencony.org.
For a list Steuben County Hall of Fame members, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357