|West Virginia recognizes the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to preserve our state’s rich history. These individuals are recognized as History Heroes. This year, a Glenville State College alumna and Calhoun resident has been honored with the prestigious award.|
Vickie (Fulks) Baker is a 1990 graduate of GSC’s education program with a specialization in mathematics and general science. She taught middle and high school for seventeen years and is currently employed by the West Virginia Department of Education as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) State Coordinator. Her husband, Larry Baker, is a 1988 graduate of GSC and an Associate Professor of Physical Science at the College.
Baker was nominated for the 2019 History Hero recognition by the Roane County Historical Society as a result of her work in organizing a local chapter of National Society Daughter of American Revolution (NSDAR).
NSDAR is a national lineage society which strives to promote patriotism through education and community service and support veterans and active service personnel. As part of the organization process, Baker worked with ladies interested in proving their lineage to a supporter of the American Revolution.
These supporters may have fought in the continental army or local militia, or they may have provided support for those fighting by providing supplies or paying taxes to fund the army. Proving your lineage involves documenting birth, death, and marriage for each generation.
“The nomination for this recognition is very meaningful because it represents the amazing support of the Roane County Historical Society. Their backing throughout the process of organizing the chapter was very appreciated,” said Baker.
She hopes to be able to inspire other individuals interested in pursuing research of their family history. “As descendants learn the history of their ancestors, they begin to connect to the history which shaped the ancestor’s life. Looking at history through the lens of a family makes the history meaningful,” said Baker.
“Individuals interested in becoming involved in their local history can begin by becoming involved with their local historical society.”
Baker was honored at the West Virginia State Capital Complex during the celebration of the Twenty-Third Annual West Virginia History Day on Thursday, February 21, alongside 38 others who were nominated by organizations around the state.