Retired East Lycoming teacher receives national award

PHOTO PROVIDED Robert Webster recently received the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Historic Preservation Medal. From left, are Dr. Amy Rogers, Webster, Carol Shetler and Brian Machmer.

HUGHESVILLE — Robert A. Webster Jr. was presented the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Historic Preservation Medal, the society’s most prestigious award, by the Lycoming chapter at a presentation in May at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Webster has been an educator for 65 years, teaching geography, social studies and local history for the East Lycoming School District. Although declining eye sight forced him to retire in 1978, Webster is still a guest speaker/lecturer in the local history class. He is a sought after lecturer for historical societies, DAR chapters and other groups and societies throughout Lycoming and surrounding counties.

In 2013, the East Lycoming Historical Society started a “Robert Webster Local History Award,” to be awarded to a graduating senior in the local history class at Hughesville High School.

Speakers for the event included Dr. Amy Rogers, assistant professor at Lycoming College and co-creator of the local history class at East Lycoming; Brian Machmer, social studies and teacher of the local history class; and Carol Shetler, board member of the Lycoming County Historical Society. Regent Crystal Gansell-Whitcomb presented Webster with a certificate and the Historic Preservation Medal.

Criteria for this award include extraordinary efforts in establishing a historic district or preserving a local landmark, restoration or preservation of objects of historic cultural significance, establishing of or long-term participation in oral history projects, or youth leadership and education as it pertains to historic preservation; in addition to a strict application process. Not all nominations are successful and only about 30 per year are granted nationwide.