Orange County Historian’s Office wins award from American Association for State and Local History

County receives recognition for Historic Tavern Trail series, which featured local history discussions in historic restaurants


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  • Provided photo From left to right are: Orange County Legislator Tom Faggione, Historian Johanna Yaun, Matt Kierstead of Milestone Heritage Consulting, and Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus at The Erie Hotel and Trackside Manor in Port Jervis. The Erie hosted a Tavern Trail series event last year.



— Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced that the County’s Historian’s Office has been recognized by the American Association for State and Local History with an Award of Merit for last year’s Historic Tavern Trail series.

“I’m proud of the contributions that our historian, Johanna Yaun, has made to the economic vitality of Orange County,” Neuhaus said. “The Tavern Trail series promoted the county’s rich history and some of its diverse eateries. I commend Johanna on being recognized by her peers for this innovative initiative.”

A cross-promotion between the Orange County historian, tourism and economic development, the Tavern Trail events included a cocktail hour, a dinner featuring local food and friendly discussions of local history in a historic restaurant or tavern. The series was held last April through October at seven locations.

The American Association for State and Local History will present 48 national awards this year, honoring people, projects, exhibits and publications. Presentation of the awards will be made at a banquet during the group's annual meeting on Sept. 8 in Austin, Texas.

“The Tavern Trail received a wonderful response from our hosts and attendees,” Yaun said in the county's press release announcing the award. “It provided each establishment with exposure while highlighting Orange County’s rich history in a friendly setting. We are certainly proud of this recognition and enjoyed collaborating with Matt Kierstead and Milestone Heritage Consulting on the events.”

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