2019 Historian of the Year

On October 12th at Davidson College the North Carolina Society of Historians presented Highlands Historical Society Archivist Ran Shaffner with its highest honor: 2019 Historian of the Year. "Given to an individual who has contributed, in some very special way, to researching, recording, and perpetuating North Carolina's rich history," the award focused on forty years of Shaffner's devotion to public education and active promotion of the heritage of Western N.C. In particular, he was cited for his creation, preservation, and publication of what Walter Evans in the North Carolina Historical Review has called "the definitive history of Highlands." In accepting the award, Shaffner attributed his interest in Highlands to the characters and personalities of its unique residents and their fascinating stories.

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