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Dr. Carole Barbato Honored at Awards Ceremony

Posted Nov. 9, 2010


Dr. Carole Barbato, Communication StudiesDr. Carole Barbato, professor of communication studies at Kent State University at East Liverpool will be honored at an awards ceremony held by the Ohio Historical Society on Nov. 6. Barbato, will be honored alongside Kent State University’s Mark Seeman, professor of anthropology; Jerry Lewis, professor of sociology and Laura Davis, professor of English.

Barbato and her colleagues are recipients of the 2010 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Preservation Merit Awards for preparing an "exemplary documentation to nominate the May 4, 1970, Kent State Shootings Site to the National Register of Historic Place," said Mary Beth Hirsch, member of the Ohio Historical Society. In February, the May 4 shooting site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior.

Patrick Andrus, the reviewer with the National Register of Historical Places for the Department of the Interior, commented that the submission authored by the four Kent State faculty members was very well done. “It really speaks for itself, demonstrating the exceptional importance of the events that took place at Kent State,” Andrus said. It did a good job of providing the historical significance in the context of the anti-war movement and the later impact and significance the events had in American politics.”

Barbato believes it is an honor to be a part of May 4 scholars who attempt to uncover truths of what really happened on that infamous day.

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire into a crowd of unarmed Kent State students killing four and wounding nine others. Those who perished included Sandy Scheuer, William Schroeder, Allison Krause and Jeffrey Miller.

“In my research and activity related to the Kent State shootings I am always mindful of the fact that it could have been me,” Barbato said. “It is the obligation of this educational institution to teach the facts related to the shootings and to place it in historical perspective.”

Through the successful application to place the site on the National Register of Historic Places, the May 4 site Walking Tour and the May 4 Visitors Center were created. The dedication of the site took place on May 3.

The Kent State professor’s application may be found at