Preservation Alliance of West Virginia would like to share about our 2014 Historic Preservation Award winners. PAWV recognized Betty “Snookie” Nutting for the Dr. Emory Kemp Lifetime Achievement Award.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin calls her a “lady who has passion for not only Wheeling and Ohio County, but all of West Virginia.” Snookie is not new to awards, receiving the Distinguished West Virginian Award, the Friends of Heritage – Wheeling award, and many others.
‘Over the years, Snookie has owned or been heavily involved with numerous houses in various parts of Wheeling.’ Nutting’s vision and cited her work to rescue and restore buildings in the Chapline Street Row Historic District in Center Wheeling, the Monroe Street East (12th Street) Historic District in East Wheeling and in North Wheeling.
‘Snookie’s efforts haven’t been limited to houses. She also worked tirelessly with (the late) Beverly Fluty and others to have the Wheeling Suspension Bridge restored, and she took part in a long-running newspaper series, ‘Operation Look-Up,” which highlighted the unaltered upper stories of historic facades. In the midst of this work, she found time to serve on numerous historic preservation boards.’ Nutting has been the West Virginia adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for nine years, a member of the West Virginia Archives and History Commission for many years, the first president of Preservation Action from 1994-95 and a founding member of Friends of Wheeling in 1970. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Vandalia Heritage Foundation since 1990.
She has served as president of the Victorian Landmarks Foundation since 1990 and has been the driving force behind its Victorian Show-Off! tours in Wheeling.