EDMOND -- The Edmond Historical Society is pleased to announce the following award winners that will be honored Monday at the 21st Annual Heritage Dinner. The dinner will take place at the Oklahoma Christian University Gaylord Center, 2501 E Memorial Road. There will be a reception sponsored by Edmond Bank and Trust at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Newly named Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Executive Director Hardy Watkins will be the keynote speaker. Tickets to the dinner are $30 for Edmond Historical Society members and $40 for nonmembers. Tables of 8 can be purchased for $300. Reservations may be made by calling the Edmond Historical Society Museum at 340-0078. Reservations are required by today. The 2006 Edmond Historical Society Roll of Honor Winners are:
Oren Lee Peters -- Peters was born in Edmond where his family history runs deep. His grandparents staked a claim at Covell and Air Depot in the 1889 Land Run. He is a proud member of the First Families of Edmond. As a National Guard member, he is a veteran of the World War II and the Korean War.
Laynie Harrod -- Harrod's family background is rich with Oklahoma history. Her father, James Harrod, served as Edmond's mayor from 1975 to 1977.
She supervises recreational programs at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, Festival Market Place, the MAC Center, the Skate Park and special venues and amphitheaters.
The 2006 Edmond Historical Society Preservation Award Winners are:
Gene Lesseg for Building and Sites -- Lesseg served as the contractor for the rehabilitation of Edmond's First Schoolhouse as directed by the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust.
During the renovation, Lesseg said he made great efforts to maintain an attractive exterior appearance for this building which is located on historic Route 66 on Second Street and Boulevard.
The current restoration of the first public schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory has been approved as an official Oklahoma 2007 Statehood Centennial Project.
Rich Muno for Lifetime Achievement in Art -- Muno grew up in western Oklahoma and graduated with a commercial art degree from Oklahoma State University Technical College in Okmulgee.
He worked at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa before he and his wife Norma moved to Edmond in 1965 and he began working at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame where he remained for 20 years.
Brenda Granger for Community Service -- After serving 10 years as Executive Director of the Edmond Historical Society, Granger became the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association last year. Under her guidance the Edmond Historical Society Museum grew from a two-room museum with an all-volunteer staff to a medium-sized institution with a paid staff.
She was a charter member of the Edmond Summit Rotary Club and served as a commissioner on the Edmond Visual Arts Commission and Edmond Cultural District.
She served on the Board of the Holocaust Resource Center of Oklahoma, which started in Edmond and has served as the Oklahoma representative for the American Association for State and Local History awards and is President Elect for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Prior to taking her job at the OMA, Granger served on OMA's Board of Directors Executive Committee and as a session coordinator, presenter and fund-raiser chair at the annual museum conference.
She has volunteered for Edmond's Breakfast on Boulevard, Fine Arts Institute, Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival, LibertyFest, Edmond's Respect Diversity program and a few sporting events.
She and her husband Edward are patron members of the Edmond Historical Society, enjoy supporting art related initiatives and are active members in St. Joseph Old Cathedral Catholic Church.
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