Lukens Group 'Casts' Second Award

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Former Chester County Historic Preservation Officer Jane L.S. Davidson named Recipient of Lukens Group Award. This award has been established by The Graystone Society to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens.

The Graystone Society of Coatesville announces the recipient of the second annual Rebecca Lukens Award. This award has been established by The Graystone Society to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens. Long- time Chester County preservationist, Jane L.S. Davidson will be honored with the award. The award will be presented in the Lukens National Historic District during the celebration of Rebecca Lukens' 214th birthday on March 20, 2008.

Executive Director of The Graystone Society, Eugene Di Orio, lauds Jane by saying, "She very clearly exemplifies the qualifications that we put forward as required for the Rebecca Lukens Award. Her particular strength is that she is a great supporter of historic preservation. She functioned for years as the county's historic preservation officer.

Di Orio continues, "She worked on putting together the Iron & Steel Heritage Region Study and very important for us here in the Lukens National Historic District, she worked on getting these properties designated as National Historic Landmarks by the Department of the Interior. She's not only done something for us but for all of Coatesville."

Born in the Lancaster County hamlet of Fairfield in 1939, Jane is an exuberant, passionate example of history come to life. She "created a niche" for historic preservation before it became vogue to do so. As a member of President George H. Bush's Presidential Advisory Council for historic preservation, Jane served not only Chester County, but also the entire United States with her vast knowledge and unique ability for meticulous research well before the information super highway came to be.

Struck by a love of history at the age of seven after reading a "tan" book about the pioneers and the wagons trains to the West, Jane was disappointed that her family never "went West". Instead, through research, she would discover that her Swiss-German family all came through the Port of Philadelphia, and she was a part of the 10th generation.

The Rebecca Lukens Award will be given to Jane L.S. Davidson in the Lukens National Historic District, 50 S. 1st Avenue in Coatesville, PA on March 20, 2008, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $25 and reservations are required. This event is made possible through the kindness of the following sponsors (to date):

  • Presenting Sponsor:The Huston Foundation
  • Supporting Sponsors: DNB First
  • Partners: Huston Properties, Inc., Rainer & Company, Scott G. Huston and The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust
  • Friends:18th Century Restorations, Frens & Frens, LLC, Lukens Veterans Guild, Lutz & Travers, P. C., and Summers & Zim's, Inc.

The Graystone Society, which was created in 1984 to help preserve the city's historic architecture, also assists with municipal improvement and economic development through preservation. The Graystone Society is named for the Graystone Mansion, part of the Lukens National Historic District, which is the future home to The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum. This museum will focus on the people, places, products and processes that made The Lukens Mill outstanding in the industry in her day.

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