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  • Historical society to present awards at annual dinner

  • The dinner and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations may be made by contacting the Jackson County Historical Society at 816-461-1897. Cost is $60 per guest with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $650.

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  • Intrigue, adventure, courage, scandal. Such titillating words might be readily associated with the latest Hollywood production or a tantalizing best-seller but not as swiftly linked with a local historical society.
    But it is juicy mysteries, heroic deeds and titanic bravery that have inspired the 2009 annual history awards to be presented by the Jackson County Historical Society at its annual meeting and dinner on Jan. 21 at the Arts Incubator of Kansas City, in the heart of the Crossroad’s Arts District at 115 W. 18th Street
    Each year the Society honors organizations and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to local history and who demonstrate a dedication to the preservation and understanding of the county’s heritage. This year’s honorees share strong ties to the eastern portion of the county and reveal the importance of the people and events that have enriched the legacy of Jackson County.
    The Jane Fifield Flynn Lifetime Achievement Award, established in 1996 and named for one of the area’s most ardent advocates for history and historic preservation, will be presented in memory of Greg Hawley. Only the fourth recipient of the Historical Society’s most prestigious distinction, Hawley, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in January of this year, will be honored for the excavation of the Steamboat Arabia and the establishment of the museum that bears its name.
    County Executive Mike Sanders and the Jackson County Legislature will be presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. It was through the proactive efforts of elected county officials that the restoration of the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse was possible. By providing funding and leadership for this critical project, the integrity of Independence’s architectural centerpiece has been preserved and action taken to prevent further structural damage.
    The Wayne City Landing Interpretive Overlook, one of the most stunning and little known site in Jackson County, will be the focus of the award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation and Education. Spearheaded by Jane Mallison, and supported by Lafarge North America and the Sugar Creek Business and Civic Club, the creation of the nature preserve and scenic overlook recalls the importance of this Missouri River port in the scope of pioneer trails history.
    Memories of the imposing Swope Mansion which once dominated Pleasant Street will be brought back to life as the Society recognizes author Giles Fowler for “Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde.” Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the fatal events that occurred in the Independence residence in October 1909, the book and author will be honored with the History Book of the Year award. J. D. & Barbara Warnex along with Les Simmons will be appreciated with the Society’s Volunteers of the Year award for their dedicated service to the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home Museum and the Jackson County Historical Society Archives and Research Library.
    Page 2 of 2 - A special Historic Artifact Award will be presented to Robert D. Owen of New York, N.Y., for his donation of Mattie Lykins Bingham Reminiscences to the Historical Society Archives. This valuable addition to the archives includes the personal accounts from Mattie Lykins Bingham, who was wed to both Johnston Lykins, a founding settler and early mayor of Kansas City, and artist George Caleb Bingham.
    The dinner and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations may be made by contacting the Jackson County Historical Society at 816-461-1897. Cost is $60 per guest with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $650.
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