CHARLESTON — A local man known for his pursuit of preserving and promoting history has been recognized as a West Virginia History Hero.
Jack Fowler, director of the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center, recently attended an awards program for History Day in Charleston where his efforts in supporting the preservation of local history were recognized.
Delegate Jim Butler (R-Gallipolis Ferry), introduced Fowler to his colleagues in the West Virginia Legislature where Fowler was recognized for what was described as his “outstanding work and significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of West Virginia history.”
Fowler expressed his appreciation to the members of the river industry who nominated him for the award and thanked his “dedicated staff and volunteers” who have contributed much to the growth and development of one of Point Pleasant’s main attractions.
Fowler has served as executive director of the river museum for 16 years as it has become what is known as one of the premier museums in the state. Contained within the museum are artifacts from the maritime industry; a large fish tank containing fish native to the Ohio and Kanawha rivers; an impressive collection of artifacts from the Silver Bridge Disaster, including a scaled model of the bridge; two working pilothouse simulators, one used for visitors and the other used for training and certification purposes for those who work in the river industry.
In addition, Fowler was treated to a continental breakfast reception while in Charleston at the Cultural Center prior to the awards program.
Information for this article provided by the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.