Historians Honored for Educational Programs
Byline: Sena Krieg
The Junior Historians program of the Lombard Historical Museum received a Certificate of Excellence in the category of Public Programming: Education Programs from the Illinois State Historical Society, May 17.
Jo A. Rayfield, awards committee chairman for ISHS described the awards program as one designed to recognize the efforts of dedicated historians.
"Awards are presented to those who have made outstanding contributions toward preserving and interpreting the cultural heritage of Illinois," he said.
Started in 1994, the Junior Historians Program was the brain child of former museum director Elizabeth Holland, and continued under the direction of immediate past director, Laura Casey.
Interim director Lorri Mahoney worked closely with Casey during 1996 further developing it.
The museum is an educational project of the Lombard Historical Society, and many society members have helped develop the Junior Historians including Laura Vazquez, Jo Lize, Pat Shaver and Helen Jacobs.
The most recent project of the Junior Historians was the creation of a display in the second floor changing display room at the museum featuring pastimes of today to compliment the "Let's Play: Pastimes of the Past" free exhibit in the museum coach house through June 14.
The program is open to students in third through eighth grades and to high school students who would like to assist in program planning and leadership. …