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The Heritage Award is made annually to an individual (or individuals) who meets one or more of the following criteria:
  • 1. Has made outstanding contributions to the authorship, discovery, preservation or restoration of historical and/or genealogical matters pertaining to Miami County, Ohio.
  • 2. Has made outstanding contributions to the authorship, discovery, preservation or restoration of historical and/or genealogical matters pertaining to the United States or the world while being a long-time resident of Miami County or having been born or raised in Miami County.
  • 3. Has contributed outstanding service to the Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society.
The Award is announced and presented at the Annual Membership Meeting.

2014 Heritage Award Recipient: DOUG CHRISTIAN

Doug is a life-long resident of Miami County. He was born in Troy, graduated from Miami East High School, and the University of Dayton with a B.S. in civil engineering.

He started his career as an engineer with the Dayton Power & Light Company. He became the Miami County Chief Deputy Engineer in 1973 and the Miami County Engineer in 1979. He retired from his position in 2011. He has made outstanding contributions to the preservation and restoration of historical and genealogical matters pertaining to Miami County, including

Responsibility for the restoration and or preservation of the following projects:

- 1873 stone twin arch bridge carrying a stream under the
   Miami & Erie canal north of Eldean Road

- 1860 Eldean Covered Bridge

- Removal of the historic Fairview Road low truss metal bridge
   that was later used on the Miami County bike trail

Assisted the National Park Service with historical documentation of the
   Eldean covered bridge which was recorded in the Libarary of Congress

Organized efforts to collect Miami County High School yearbooks for donation
    to the Ohio Historical Society

Assisted the Smithsonian Institute with their traveling covered bridge exhibit
   and provided a complete exhibit of the Eldean covered bridge at the Hayner
   Cultural Center

Provided an exhibit and presentation for Miami County's Bicentennial

Assisted the Hayner Cultural Center with the following exhibits:

- 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood

- Troy's bicentennial and the 100-year celebration of the 1914
   Hayner mansion

Doug has spent many hours in researching, creating, and presenting various historic programs, including

The Covered Bridges of Miami County

The Forgotten Communities of Miami County

Historic Roads and Bridges of Miami County

Historic Photos in and around Covington

He donates his time and is committed to sharing these programs with many organizations, clubs, service groups, societies, etc., throughout Miami County and other counties. He spoke on the Eldean Covered Bridge at the Second National Coved Bridge Conference in 2013. In addition to his presentations and research, he has dedicated many hours to property and genealogy research for various residents throughout Ohio.

He is a member of the following historical organizations:

Johnston Farm Friends Council Board of Directors

Museum of Troy History Board of Directors

Troy Historical Society Board of Directors

Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society

Pleasant Hill History Center

Randolph Township Historical Society

Ohio Historic Bridge Association

National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges

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