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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Becker named Wayne County Historian

  • HONESDALE - Wayne County history was made on Thursday, July 10th, 2014, at the County Commissioner's meeting with the appointment of Peter W. Becker as the County Historian, a position made vacant with the passing of Richard Eldred earlier this year.  Becker was named to the post on the recommendation of the designated County...
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  • HONESDALE - Wayne County history was made on Thursday, July 10th, 2014, at the County Commissioner’s meeting with the appointment of Peter W. Becker as the County Historian, a position made vacant with the passing of Richard Eldred earlier this year.  Becker was named to the post on the recommendation of the designated County historical society, the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS), by a Resolution of the WCHS Board of Directors.
        Becker was born in Honesdale in July 1956, son of the late Howard D. Becker and Elsa Garratt Becker, both who were artists. His mother, who illustrated for Highlights for Children Magazine, traced her family tree in Wayne County, PA to 1805.
         A graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.A. in Communications, Becker has since made journalism his professional career. He has been Managing Editor at The News Eagle in Hawley since 2010, and prior to that was Managing Editor at The Wayne Independent. In 1998 he was assigned to put together a large, special supplement to The Wayne Independent for the 
bicentennial of Wayne County, and in 2012 he completed a revised history book of the Wayne County Fair for their 150th anniversary. Since July 2010 he has been working on a weekly series on local history in The News Eagle, focusing on the greater Hawley/Lake region.  As a result, Becker is well known regionally for his in-depth research, writing, and insightful interpretation on topics of local history.
         A member of both the Wayne County Historical Society as well as the Wallenpaupack Historical Society, he attributes his keen interest in local heritage to his parents.
          In recent years he has been recognized by the latter for “preserving history with his writing,” and was also named by the Hawley Rotary Club as a Four Way Test recipient, acknowledging his personal and business ethical practices. The Rotary Test is held as the standard by which all behaviour should be measured, is promoted around the world, and is one of Rotary’s highest awards given only to non-Rotarians.
        
Also active at the New Covenant Fellowship church in Hawley, Becker serves there as Missions Director and is on the church Board.  He and his wife Jean (Holdridge) have been married since 1988 and make their home in White Mills where they enjoy their pet cats.
         Attending the official appointment at the Commissioner’s meeting, Carol Henry Dunn, WCHS Board President, stated “I am thrilled to congratulate Peter Becker on this well-deserved designation and, on behalf of the board, staff, and membership of the WCHS, we wish him many successful years in his capacity as Wayne County (PA) Historian.”
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