Virginia McCormick of Worthington, Ohio, was honored for her volunteer work
and for her contributions to our understanding of Ohio's architectural heritage.
As an Ohio Historic Preservation Office volunteer for the past six years, Virginia McCormick has
researched and documented many historic properties, especially schools and libraries.
She helped prepare a National Register nomination for McClain High School in Greenfield
and compiled a chronology of events that have affected the design of schools in Ohio over
the past 200 years.
Her volunteer work led to her new book, Educational Architecture in Ohio:
From One-Room Schools and Carnegie Libraries to Community Education Villages.
Published by Kent State University Press, it is the definitive study of public
schools, Carnegie libraries, and other education-related facilities in our state.
Virginia McCormick recently served on a team of volunteers who evaluated 53 historic public school
buildings in Columbus for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Schools.
She has also contributed to efforts to preserve the Mount Pleasant Historic District in Jefferson County.
In addition, she has written articles for the Ohio Historical Society's magazine Timeline and
journal Ohio History, and, with her husband, Robert, is the author of many other publications.
For a list of past Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award recipients click
The Ohio Historic Preservation Office is Ohio's official historic preservation agency.
A part of the Ohio Historical Society, it identifies historic places in Ohio, nominates
properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews federally-assisted projects
for effects on Ohio's historic, architectural, and archaeological resources, consults on
the conservation of older buildings and sites, and offers educational programs and publications.