Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, was honored Friday with a Hoosier Hospitality Award from the office of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.
The Genealogy Center generally draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.
Witcher was honored for taking exceptional steps to make Fort Wayne’s genealogy tourists feel welcome. A press release announcing the award recounted this example: “On one occasion, a group of visitors was planning to be in Fort Wayne for only a short period of time. Witcher’s nominator said he took their information before they arrived and began doing the background research for them. When the visitors arrived and found that several pieces of their family history had been assembled, they were moved by Witcher’s generosity.”
Witcher was one of 18 people honored for their contributions to Hoosier tourism on Friday in Indianapolis. “These award recipients are living examples of Hoosier Hospitality,” said Mark Newman, executive director of Indiana Office of Tourism Development, said in a statement announcing the awards. “Their daily encounters with guests and visitors make what we do at the state level that much more effective.”