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GSC Professor Elected President of Gilmer County Historical Society


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Glenville, WV—History buff Dr. Arthur DeMatteo, Glenville State College Associate Professor of History, has added a new challenge to his considerable list of activities and interests. DeMatteo was recently elected to a one-year term as President of the Gilmer County Historical Society (GCHS).

“It is a great honor being elected president of the Gilmer County Historical Society. It is also very humbling and a big responsibility as well. 2013 is a new beginning for the GCHS as we face a number of challenges. One of my biggest goals is to establish a good relationship with Glenville State College. We are encouraging students to attend our functions and to join the organization. I also intend to provide internships and other hands-on opportunities both for our History majors and our many student organizations,” said DeMatteo.

Dr. DeMatteo says renovating the Holt House will be one of the priorities of his presidency.

Dr. DeMatteo says renovating the Holt House will be one of the priorities of his presidency.

DeMatteo has been a member of the Gilmer County Historical Society for seven years. He became interested in the organization while researching the history of the West Virginia State Folk Festival. This is the first office that he has held with the society.

Although his term is just beginning, the new president has already established some ambitious goals for 2013. His first priority is the restoration of the Holt House. The Holt House is the former home of Helen Holt Mollohan, mother of former U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan. The group is working on plans and funding resources that will help them make historically authentic restorations to the Holt House. DeMatteo hopes to engage GSC student organizations to help the effort with community service projects.

Secondly, DeMatteo wants to establish a stronger relationship with the Gilmer County Historical Society and the West Virginia State Folk Festival committee. Several office holders with the society are also members of the Folk Festival committee.

Professor DeMatteo has been teaching at GSC since the fall of 2004. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1986 and a Masters of History in 1988 from Cleveland State University. In 1999, he was awarded a Doctorate in Urban and Labor History from the University of Akron.

“I got my interest in history from my father. We watched a lot of history shows on TV and visited many historical sites. He also encouraged me to read books about history,” said DeMatteo.

In addition to his new duties as President of the Gilmer County Historical Society, DeMatteo also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the GSC Social Science Honor Society Pi Gamma Mu, Treasurer of the GSC Faculty Senate; a member of the GSC Honors Program Task Force, on the West Virginia State Folk Festival committee, and as Chairman of the Ohio Academy of History Excellence in Teaching Award committee. In October of 2012, DeMatteo served as a member of a distinguished panel at a public forum that discussed the ‘Electoral College process and the National Popular Vote Bill’ at West Virginia State University.

DeMatteo resides in Glenville but his wife Betty currently lives and works in Ohio. She will join him in Glenville when she retires in a couple years. Until then, DeMatteo will continue to travel to be with Betty on weekends. The couple has two grown daughters, three grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. “I enjoy living here and teaching at GSC because Glenville is a small friendly community with caring and welcoming people,” he said.

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