Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre marks courtyard completion and recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions

On May 16, 2024, the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre hosted a memorable event paying homage to Lincoln’s heritage and community, while celebrating the completion of the museum’s outdoor gathering place and play area. The celebrations coincided with the 212th birthday of Samuel Fry, a significant figure in Lincoln’s early history. This special evening brought together donors, members, and dedicated volunteers to honour Fry’s legacy and acknowledge the substantial contributions of the museum community.

Since its inception in 1953, the museum has relied on its team of volunteers to support and preserve the unique history of the region. These dedicated individuals have been instrumental in enhancing the museum’s offerings and ensuring its role as a vibrant community hub.

In recognition of these efforts, Town of Lincoln Mayor Easton presented the first annual Deep Roots Award for Volunteer Service to the volunteers of the Heritage Gift Shop. This volunteer-run shop, established in 1993, has been vital in fundraising for the museum.

A highlight of the evening was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum’s newly completed courtyard. This dynamic public space, funded by generous donations and grants, features a play area inspired by the museum’s collection of Canadian Fraktur. It is envisioned as a community gathering place, where visitors can socialize and connect.

Attendees were reminded of Samuel Fry’s historical importance as a renowned weaver. The Fry House, Samuel’s home from when it was built around 1815 until his death in 1881, remains a cornerstone of the museum’s historical exhibits.

“The spirit of volunteerism and community involvement we see here is truly inspiring. From preserving our history to creating vibrant community spaces, the collective efforts of our volunteers, donors, and members have been pivotal in sustaining and advancing the museum’s mission. It is an honour to recognize and celebrate their exceptional dedication and hard work.”

Mayor Easton

“We are incredibly grateful for the unwavering support of our community,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer, Michael Kirkopoulos. “Tonight, we not only celebrate our rich history but also the vibrant future we are building together. The dedication and passion of our volunteers, donors, and members are what shape the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre.”

To learn more about the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre, visit lincolnmuseum.ca.

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