At the most recent meeting of the Lebanon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a local woman was honored for her lifelong commitment to historic preservation.

Stephanie Laicha Zimmerer, Ed.D., was awarded a Historic Preservation Medal by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at the Lebanon Chapter’s April luncheon.

The NSDAR Historic Preservation Medal is awarded to individuals with a particularly long and distinguished volunteer record in historic preservation. The medal is given to fewer than 30 people across the United States every year.

Trady DeJonge, Historic Preservation State Chair of the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, awarded Zimmerer the medal at the April 13 ceremony. Zimmerer was honored for an appreciation in historic preservation that take root in Lebanon County, with projects like the restoration and National Register of Historic Places listing of the North Cornwall Township home of the Honorable John Gloninger, Colonel in the Revolutionary Militia, and Zimmerer’s tenure from 1981 to 1990 as an executive with the Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County.

Zimmerer is currently Historic Preservation Chair for the Lebanon DAR, with a present focus on getting the historic Thomas/Horst’s Mill in Rexmont on the National Register.

A 1976 ad featuring Horst’s Mill. (

Lebanon County Commissioner Bob Phillips and Jan Morrissey, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County, were among the attendees at the DAR event. Zimmerer was joined by her husband, sister Diane Lenovich, and niece Kristen Clark.

“(Zimmerer) will continue her commitment to projects that embody the spirit of this medal in preserving and restoring things of the past for the future,” said the Lebanon Chapter in a release.

Find more information about the Lebanon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution here.


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