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High Recognition for Local Historian

(Indianapolis, IN) - A La Porte native has been recognized by the governor. La Porte County Historian Bruce Johnson has received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor that can be awarded by the governor.


Johnson is president of the La Porte County Historical Society Board of Directors and a 35-year member of the governing body.  He was also an elementary school teacher for 38 years with South Central Community Schools.


"Bruce is an incredibly hard worker who has spent a large part of his life giving back to his community. We are lucky to have someone so dedicated to serving others and I'm honored to present him with Indiana's top award," said State Representative Jim Pressel of Rolling Prairie.


State Senator Mike Bohacek of Michiana Shores also took part in the award presentation.


Dating back to the 1940s, the Sagamore of the Wabash award was created by former Gov. Ralph Gates. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow and is presented to distinguished Hoosiers who have made significant contributions to the state of Indiana.

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