Pioneer Museum honours
Lindsey Howes and Dane Lanken will be honoured at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s annual meeting April 12 at 6 p.m. at the recreational hall in Dunvegan.
Lindsey Howes will be recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year” while Dane Lanken will receive the “Pioneer of the Year Award” in recognition of his dedicated work to preserve the built heritage of the area.
Mr. Lanken’s “tireless work to educate the public on the importance of saving historical buildings has not only led to greater appreciation and preservation efforts in the area but has also enhanced the cultural life of Glengarry,” says the museum.
He has a long history as a writer and scholar of history. He was a film critic and feature writer for
The Montreal Gazette for many years as well as a freelance journalist often working for Canadian
Geographic magazine. He has also written a book on the golden era of theatres in Montreal.
“Glengarry is fortunate that he and his wife Anna chose to settle and raise a family in the area as his contributions to the preservation and appreciation of local history are numerous,” the museum notes.
Since her introduction to the museum as a summer student, Lindsey Howes has been a constant presence around the museum grounds.
She initiated a project to record oral histories, contributed to research efforts, organized work bees to improve the museum grounds, been a lead organizer on several events, helped organize volunteers for events and has sat for several years as a museum board member. More recently she has been instrumental in helping to organize and run the ever-popular historical driving tour; and after six years, this will mark her final year chairing the Harvest Fall Festival committee, which is the museum’s largest and most eclectic annual event.
The annual meeting will start at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper followed by a short business meeting. Guests will also be treated to a brief presentation by James Joyce who will give a thoughtprovoking address on “Dunvegan’s Orange Lodge: A Hall with a History” to mark the 100th anniversary of the Dunvegan hall. Museum officers and board members for the coming year will also be approved.
Anyone interested in the activities of the Pioneer Museum is welcome to attend the AGM, and volunteers for events in the upcoming season are encouraged to get in touch with a board member or the museum’s very friendly curator. For more info contact Jennifer Black at 613-527-5230 or visit www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca