The Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation received a 2008 Award of Excellence in History Outreach from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums (OAHSM), for the documentary film, "Ropewalk: A Cordage Engineer's Journey Through History". An enthusiastic group of 10 attended the awards luncheon at the Ohio History Center on October 4, 2008. Bill Hagenbuch and filmmaker Steve Fetsch accepted the award on behalf of the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation. Film collaborators Chuck Buchanan, Lyric Rillera, Mikki Hearsum, Mark Martel, and Kate Hagenbuch represented the Engineers Club. Greene County Public Library Head Archivist Deanna Ulvestad lent her support, as well as Club members Chuck & Betty Martel.
The OAHSM History Outreach Awards, presented annually since 1959, recognize projects that have educational content, that have contributed to the promotion and understanding of local and state history, and that have had an impact on the community.
The Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation has pledged to donate 500 Ropewalk DVD’s free of charge to libraries, museums, historical societies and schools. This helps fulfill the educational mission of the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation, for historical preservation and education in science and technology.