Area his­to­rian to be hon­ored by Lans­dale His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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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.

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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.

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