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Family of Eartha Dengler

Family of Eartha Dengler (Melissa Cowan, Anne Cowan, Claudia Dengler, Stacie Gray) at the 2023 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony

The Lawrence History Center, founded as the Immigrant City Archives in 1978 by German immigrant Eartha Dengler, has sought from its very first days to make accessible the rich history of Lawrence and its people. 

LHC began giving the Eartha Dengler History Award back in 1998 to spotlight the efforts of and accomplishments of outstanding leaders whose talents bring development, opportunity, and that have enriched Lawrence in tangible ways.

The Lawrence History Center Board of Directors will announce the recipient(s) of the 2024 Eartha Dengler History Award in late March/early April 2024!

Previous Dengler History Award Honorees: