Janet Hodge of Smithville, Ritchie County, will be recognized as a West Virginia History Hero on Feb. 22 during West Virginia History Day at the Legislature.

The program recognizes people who “go above and beyond in preservation work,” Bob Enoch, president of the historical society said.

Hodge was nominated by the Ritchie County Historical Society.

She has been a friend and supporter of the historical society for more than 20 years and helped compile the society’s 900-page book on cemeteries, of which she typed and indexed the publication.

After producing a book on Irish immigration into the county, Hodge donated the proceeds of the sales to the society and gave the society permission to reprint it for fundraising purposes.

Hodge also created the society’s website, which she maintains.

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