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 It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Lawrence History Center announces the recipients of the 2017 Eartha Dengler History Award:

Jim Beauchesne, Joseph G. Bella, Linda & Jurg Siegenthaler


Rooted in Lawrence from birth or by marriage…bearing Sicilian, French Canadian, Russian, Polish, or Swiss heritage…shaped by childhoods in the city’s triple deckers, its neighborhoods, its parishes, and its schools… our honorees have worked tirelessly to nurture and sustain the organizations most vital to the dignity and story of our Immigrant City. Working apart and often together, Jim Beauchesne, Joe Bella, Linda and Jurg Siegenthaler have added incalculable value and staying power to the work of Lawrence Heritage State Park, the Bread and Roses Festival and Centennial Committees, the Lawrence History Center, and many others. Their work has provided the steady and unshakable long term response to Eartha Dengler’s vision in founding the Immigrant City Archives. And they have all answered the call that artist Ralph Fasanella made to one of our honorees when asked to autograph a poster. Looking the requester in the eye, Fasanella said simply “Lawrence Needs You.” 

Click to Meet Our Honorees! 

2017 Eartha Dengler History Award Host Committee

  • Julie Bishop, Essex County Community Foundation
  • Gerry-Lynn Darcy, Lupoli Companies
  • Diane Haynes, Former LHC Board Member
  • Christine Lewis, Local Historian/Freelance Writer
  • Marianne Paley Nadel, Everett Mills Real Estate
  • Dave O’Neill, Retired, Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Sharon M. Pollard, Methuen Historical Society / Methuen Festival of Trees
  • Daniel Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence
  • Glennys Sanchez, Bread and Roses Heritage Committee
  • Bill Steelman, Essex National Heritage Area

Please join us as a guest and/or event sponsor on Thursday, June 22, 2017!