First Lansdale Historical Society Legacy Award will be Posthumous Honor

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Inez and Allen Lincoln. Credits: Lansdale Historical Society
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LANSDALE, Pa. - Two longtime Lansdale residents credited with helping with the early growth of Lansdale Historical Society will be honroed posthumously with the society's first Legacy Award at its annual banquet April 8 at William Penn Inn in Lower Gwynedd.

Allen and Inez Lincoln were two charter members of the historical society. President Dick Shearer said they both played a significant role in the society's early growth.

The new Legacy Award will be given on a periodic basis to individuals whose efforts advanced the cause of the historical society and increased its importance in the community over a number of years, Shearer said. 

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"For the first time in 10 years, the society will not present an Edwin G. Holl Historic Achievement Award this year. It was the opinion of the selection committee that no individual or organization stood out as an obvious choice for the 2014 award," Shearer said. "The Holl Award will not be retired. Candidates will continue to be considered on an annual basis."

Shearer said the committee believed the Lincolns were the obvious choice for the premiere Legacy Award. The award itself has been under consideration for several years. 

Allen Lincoln was a three-term president ofthe society in the 1970s and led the restoration of the Jenkins Homestead. Inez Lincoln was the society's first historian and gathered many of the materials to start the historical society library, which is now the research center. Inez was also paramount in helping get the homestead on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Allen, who was former vice president of Lansdale Nipple Co., died in 1985 at age 76. Inez died in 2002 at age 89. 

"One of the last projects Allen and Inez completed together was a narrated walking tour of downtown Lansdale, which was produced as a slide show by Allen with text by Inez," Shearer said. "Last summer, the society turned this walking tour into a DVD with board member Pat Rieker narrating."

The video will be shown as a highlight of the banquet, Shearer said.

The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person. Reservations can be made through the society’s website at www.lansdalehistory.org or at the Jenkins Homestead Research Center at 137 Jenkins Ave. in Lansdale.  The deadline is April 2.

For more information, call (215) 855-1872.

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