Pi­o­neer Mu­seum hon­ours

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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

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