Monday, June 18, 2012
Patricia Van Skaik Receives Griffin Yeatman Award
While working at the Library for the past 28 years, some of Van Skaik’s achievements include coordinating the annual Family History Day; developing a large collection of records on microfilm and books from courthouses and historical societies; working to digitize Cincinnati City Directories; and making grave registration cards of war veterans available.
A recognized genealogy expert who has spoken nationally and internationally, Van Skaik has served on the Board of Ohio Genealogical Society for more than 20 years. She has coordinated entry of local historical items into Newsdex, created a video archive of oral histories of 350 World War II and Korean War veterans, mounted an exhibit commemorating the 1937 flood, and developed enumeration district map overlays of the 1940 Hamilton County map. She also brought worldwide attention to the importance and preservation of the “Cincinnati Panorama of 1848.”
The Hamilton County Recorder’s Office created the Griffin Yeatman Historical Achievement Award in 1994 to recognize the citizens and groups of Hamilton County who volunteer their time and service to preserving and promoting the history of Hamilton County. The award is presented for excellence in historical preservation, research or achievement, which has contributed to the preservation of buildings, sites, structures and objects pertaining to Hamilton County’s History.