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NSDAR to award Shirley Manning

By Ethan Nahté

The James K. Polk Chapter, NSDAR, will honor Shirley Manning, posthumously, with the Woman in American History Award, on Saturday, March 11, in the Community Room of the Polk County Library. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Manning was instrumental in rescuing the abandoned Norman High School and organizing the Norman High School Preservation Program, Inc. (NHPP). She spent 12 years as the force behind raising funds to restore the Montgomery County building and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 16, 2002. The old school and its campus continue to be a center piece in the town of Norman.

Shirley was a prolific writer, historian and a dedicated genealogist, composing more than 20 books. She loved to visit with residents of Polk and Montgomery Counties to get their stories. She relayed many of these stories in a magazine she published for several years called the Mountain Signal.

A reception will follow the award ceremony.

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