Rung Earns Heritage Hero Award

The History Nebraska Board of Trustees recently announced that Doug Rung of the Fillmore County Historical Society is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Heritage Hero Award, presented to volunteers of cultural organizations across the state of Nebraska. This year, 43 awards will be given to individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of their region.
History Nebraska Board member Ann K. Bruntz presented Doug Run the 2019-2020 Heritage Hero Award commemorative pin and certificate on Tuesday, October 13, at the Fillmore County Historical Society Building in Fairmont to honor Mr. Rung’s many years of service.
Rung of Geneva has been an active member of the Fillmore County Historical Society for many years. His deep interest in history as a high school Social Studies teacher led him to the Historical Society where he willingly stepped into the role as president. He takes the position as president seriously and has worked hard to maintain the vitality of the organization.
Rung has become a well-know historical reenactor, especially his characterization of Ulysses S. Grant during Civil War Reenactments. He also plays the roll of an early Nebraska homesteader every year during the Historical Society’s Fourth Grade Museum Day.
Rung is also very knowledgeable of WWII history and gives tours of the Fairmont Air Base. He volunteers his time giving various historical programs to area organizations. History Nebraska is excited to recognize all Heritage Hero Award recipients for 2019.