Watauga County Historical Society Announces Elizabeth “Bettie” Bond as First Inductee into Its Hall of Fame | Local News
WATAUGA – As part of ongoing activities associated with the Boone 150 celebrations in 2022, marking the 150th anniversary of Boone’s official incorporation as a city on January 23, 1872, the Watauga County Historical Society has established the Watauga County Historical Society Hall of Fame.
Throughout 2022, WCHS will nominate 12 individuals or groups – one per month – as members of the inaugural class of the WCHS Hall of Fame.
For January, WCHS announced that Elizabeth “Bettie” Bateman Bond has been named the first inductee of this inaugural class of the WCHS Hall of Fame, which honors people, living or dead, who have made significant and lasting contributions to history. of Watauga County and/or literature, including those whose efforts have been instrumental in the preservation of Watauga County’s history and/or literature.
Recipients do not need to be residents of Watauga County. The WCHS is particularly interested in honoring people who meet the above criteria but who may have been overlooked in mainstream accounts of Watauga County history and literature, including women and people of color. Selections for this inaugural class were made from nominations submitted by WCHS Digital Watauga Project Committee members. From 2023, the WCHS will also consider applications from members of the public, which will in turn be assessed by the DWPC.
Originally from Danville, Kentucky, and graduating from Center College in 1964 with a double major in English and history, Bettie Bond moved to North Carolina in the late 1960s, with her husband John (a biologist), to pursue higher education in America. and Asian History at North Carolina State University. The Bonds moved to Boone in August 1971, when John took a position in ASU’s biology department. Bond joined the faculty of the history department at Appalachian State University in 1973.
A Fulbright scholar in 1976, Bond received her doctorate in education from UNC-Greensboro in the early 1980s. During her tenure at App State, she played a leading role in improving the library of the ‘ASU and was co-chair of the App State Centennial Celebration in 1999. She received the ASU Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
After retiring from App State in 1996, Bond volunteered for many years with ASU’s Appalachian Cultural Museum, which interpreted the area’s history from 1989 until its closure in 2006. Plus, Bond has been a member of the Watauga County Historical Society for decades, serving as president for much of the 21st century. She is also an inaugural and permanent member of the committee of the Digital Watauga project, the main project of the WCHS since 2014.
For the past 30 years, she has served on the board of the Watauga County Community Foundation, which coordinates 35 different funds that support many causes in Watauga County, including several literary and historical ones. Bond was an inaugural member of the Boone Historic Preservation Commission from 2007, and she continues to serve as its vice-chair; along with other HPC members, she was instrumental in advocating for the acquisition, restoration and long-term preservation of the downtown Boone Post Office, the designation of several local landmarks and historical markers, and the creation of the town centre. Boone Local Historic District in 2021.
Bond also served for more than a decade on the board of the Appalachian Theater of the High Country, playing a hugely important role in the theater’s rehabilitation and reopening in 2019.
She has always supported Horn in the West for many years. She has also served on the boards of Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and the Watauga County Public Library for decades, helping to promote literacy and greater access to library materials for everyone in our community. community. She is currently working on a fundraising campaign for the expansion of WCPL.
The WCHS said in a press release that it was delighted to honor Bond for his countless contributions to preserving Watauga County’s history and literature.