Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township

HATT | PO Box 2084 | Pocono Pines, PA 18350-2084

Tobyhanna Township historic group’s website wins honors

Published July 13, 2012 – JOURNAL of the POCONO PLATEAU
Published July 24, 2012 –

The new website of the Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township recently won state and national honors for nonprofit website design.

The site — tobyhannatwphistory.org — won a first-place award in the 2012 Pennsylvania Communications Contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Press Club, an affiliate chapter of the National Federation of Press Women.

As a first-place winner in the state contest, the site earned entry in the NFPW's National Communications Contest, where the website won third-place in the not-for-profit website category.

"The quality of this site has provided HATT an exceptional vehicle to communicate our history," said Rick Bodenschatz, HATT's volunteer coordinator of the website. "We are fortunate to have the unique abilities of Kim de Bourbon. Her constant pursuit for design, technical and editing excellence certainly has earned these prestigious awards."

DeBourbon, of Delaware Water Gap, designed and manages the HATT website. She and her husband, Charles, own BGAStudios.com, a small graphic design and website management company. She also designed and manages monroehistorical.org, the website of the Monroe County Historical Association.

"It's been a delight working with Rick on this project," de Bourbon said. "I am fascinated by the lives of those who came before us, and the work Rick has done to start this historical archive for the township is just tremendous."

On July 4, the HATT site posted a significant new piece of local history: research into the life of William Henry Christman, a Civil War soldier from Tobyhanna Township who was the first to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The extensive piece tells the story of a young man from a family of very modest means who never got a chance to prove himself in battle, yet earned a place in national and local history nonetheless.

The Christman section of the site includes historic photos, video and original documents of the soldier's story. It joins a page posted on Memorial Day that records each man who served in the Civil War from Tobyhanna Township.

The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, April through November, at the Clymer Library in Pocono Pines, with programs and events of local interest. Membership is open to all, and information is available online at tobyhannatwphistory.org.