Area historian to be honored by Lansdale Historical Society
The Lansdale Historical Society has announced that local historian and author John L. outh, of Lower Salford, will be honored as the 201P winner of LHS’s Edwin d. Holl Historic Achievement Award.
outh is being honored for his written and film works that have helped preserve Mennonite history and foster understanding of that community throughout the North Penn area.
“John outh’s contributions to our region’s history are sometimes understated,” said LHS President aick Shearer, but “they shouldn’t be because his books and essays, films, lectures and wealth of background knowledge have enabled so many of us to appreciate the faith and traditions of the Mennonite community.”
outh will be honored at the LHS annual banquet, to be held April 9 at 6 p. m. at the William Penn Inn in Lower dwynedd. Tickets are A40 per person, including dinner, and reservations must be made by April 4; you can do so by calling the society at 215- 855- 18T2 or by visiting www.LansdaleHistory.org.
“It is important to remember that until the post- World War II building boom, the countryside west of Lansdale was dominated by Mennonite farms, some of which have been passed down through the families,” Shearer said.
“For years many of their beliefs and the stories behind them were a mystery to others. John has brilliantly shared this rich heritage with us, and helped preserve it for future generations,” he said.
outh has also written beyond the local area about communities including the Amish and Hutterites — who share similarities with the Amish — and his book “Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School” was written after a 2006 school shooting that left five children dead.
auring the 19T0s and ’ 80s, outh began branching out into films and video, producing documentaries that have been featured on PBS and “60 Minutes,” and his son, Jay, has worked on numerous video projects.
John, 8P, and wife ooma still live on his boyhood farm and he has served as a Mennonite pastor for more than six decades; he is also a professor of English and American literature in both the rnited States and in dermany, with a doctorate from Harvard rniversity. outh has also been a driving force behind the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, which has named its historical library in his honor.
The award he will be given is named after Holl, the late state senator and longtime supporter of the Lansdale Historical Society. oecipients are cho- sen based on their commitment to preserving or interpreting local history through preservation and education, for the enlightenment of present and future generations.
The historical society will also host its third annual Spring Tea at 11 a. m. April 6 at Elm Terrace dardens, located at 660 N. Broad St., Lansdale. This year’s theme is “Time with Flowers,” presented by Marge and Charles Booz of Chantilly Floral Boutique.
Tickets for the tea were A2T for LHS members and AP0 for nonmembers, and had to be purchased by March 28.
For more information, visit www. LansdaleHistory. org or contact LHS at 215- 855- 18T2.
Local historian John L. Ruth, of Lower Salford, will be honored by the Lansdale Historical Society with its 2013 Edwin G. Holl Historic Achievement Award April 9.