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At festivities at the Boal Mansion Museum for the 150th Boalsburg Memorial Day in May, an afternoon ceremony recognized museum volunteers and a local teacher for their contributions to the community.
The Colonel Theodore Davis Boal Community Service Award in honor of Colonel Theodore Davis Boal (1867-1938) who founded the Boal Troop and the 28th Division Shrine as well as the Boalsburg Fire, Electric, Water, Telephone and Bus Companies was awarded to super-volunteers Bob and Deb Griffin for their support of many diverse programs at the Boal Mansion Museum, including managing the reception for “Music at the Boal Mansion” and supervising on numerous volunteer days and for providing a pickup truck, a wide range of tools, and their hard-working grandson, Joel.
The Ambassador Pierre Boal Award for Historic Preservation, named after the fifth generation Boal who began the museum operation at the Boal Estate in 1952, was presented to painting contractor Terry Shively who has both painted at the Boal Mansion and graded the museum driveway with his own tractor. Accordingly to Boal Mansion CEO Christopher Lee, “Whether it’s in paint or gravel, Terry knows flow!”
The Judge George Boal Award for Education in honor of George Boal, one of the founders of public education in Pennsylvania and of Penn State University, was awarded to Bellefonte High School teacher Michael Maney for his initiative in connecting the content of the historic site with his high school students.