Dane Lanken will receive the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s “Pioneer of the Year Award” in recognition of his dedicated work to preserve the built heritage of the area. His 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. Dane 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. He will be honoured at the Pioneer Museum’s Annual General Meeting and potluck supper to be held on Friday, April 12 at 6pm at the Recreational Hall in Dunvegan.
Lindsey Howes will also be honoured this year at the AGM with the “Volunteer of the Year Award”. Since her introduction to the museum as a summer student, Lindsey 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 Museums largest and most eclectic annual event.
The presentation of the awards to Lanken and Howes will be part of the program of the April 12 Annual General Meeting of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. The evening will start at 6 pm with a potluck supper followed by a short business meeting and a program that will honour the contributions of Dane and Lindsey. Guests will also be treated to a brief presentation by James Joyce who will give a thought-provoking address on “Dunvegan’s Orange Lodge: A Hall with a History” to mark the 100th anniversary of the Dunvegan Recreation 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 our very friendly curator. For additional information contact Jennifer Black at the museum. 613-527-5230 or visit www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca.
The Dunvegan Recreation Hall where the AGM is happening is located just west of the crossroads in Dunvegan on County Rd.24.
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