Pokagon's 'Old Rugged Cross' church honored

A Michiana church well known for a popular hymn is getting new recognition for its historical value.

Michigan governor Rick Snyder has announced six recipients of the 2013 governor's awards for historic preservation.

Among the winners are the restorers of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Pokagon, known as the Old Rugged Cross church.

The hymn was first performed at the church about 100 years ago.

The governor says restoration of the church represents years of community volunteer efforts to raise money for the project.

The awards were given out today at the state capitol rotunda in Lansing.

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