Dr. Lorle Porter, Professor Emerita, Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, has been recognized by the American Association of State and Local History as "...Southeastern Ohio's historical conscience, loyal friend, and cooperative partner in the cause of ensuring that the history of the people of this region remains at the heart of its evolving present and future."
In the year 2000, The Ohio Women's Hall of Fame inducted Dr. Porter into its prestigious ranks. She was cited as having "...prevented many of Ohio's historical figures from fading quietly into oblivion....For 30 years, she has given her time to help local historical and genealogical groups 'fill in the blanks' and fitting their stories into the broader scheme of American and world history."
Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Lorle's parents introduced her to the intricacies of Ohio history through early motor tours and visits to Ohio Historical Society sites. Raised in the late 1930s and early '40s, she made a natural identification with the "Generation of the Depression."
Dr. Porter attended Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio where she received her BA in Social Studies and Spanish. History claimed her interest again and she went on to Boston College in Massachusetts to earn a Masters in Latin American History. In 1965, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque awarded her a Ph.D. in Medieval European History and Mexican History.
Throughout her life, Dr. Porter has not only studied history in its every form, but experienced the physical side of it through extensive travel. These experiences include an archaeological tour of Egypt, a 3-month study of Mexico, two years as a resident of Spain and Italy, and a month-long educators' tour of Saudi Arabia.
Outstanding achievements and honor awards have made their place in Dr. Porter's illustrious career. In 2000, Dr. Porter was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame for her contributions to preserving our history. Other honors have included awards for outstanding regional history publications and programs, service and teaching awards, and a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of State and Local Histories (quoted in the opening paragraph of this biography). She is a nominee for inclusion in Ohio's Bicentennial Book: Profiles of Ohio Women: 1803-2003.
Dr. Porter has been heavily involved in local historical restorations and projects, including the Franklin Museum, the National Road Scenic Byway Commission, and the John & Annie Glenn Historic Site and Exploration Center.
• Foundation for Appalachia Ohio named Lorle Porter as 2006 Volunteer of the Year.
• Porter won the 2006 Ray Thomas Volunteer Award from the Muskingum County Foundation.
Her books include The Western Leatherwood Valley: Lore City, Gibson Station, New Gottengen (1991/2003), The Immigrant Cocoon: Eastern Europeans in the Cambridge, Ohio Coalfield (1995/2003), Roscoe: Generations-Regeneration (1992), Discovering Ohio's Hill Country (1993), A People Set Apart: Scotch-Irish in Eastern Ohio (1998), Sarah's Table: Keeping House in Ohio, 1800-1950 (2001), and St. Patrick's People: Irish and English Catholics in Early Ohio History (2003), and Politics & Peril - Mount Vernon, Ohio in the Nineteenth Century (2005). and Dan Emmett: Burnt Cork Artist Extraordinaire (2008)