The Isabella T. Lynn Distinguished Service Award
For many years, Isabella T. Lynn (Bella) was a guiding light for the Lumpkin County Historical Society, designing our meeting format and making sure we had interesting programs. She suggested topics for research and presentation, and taught researchers how to make use of information from the County deed records.
Her many gifts to Lumpkin County include researching all of the historic buildings around the Public Square to qualify them for addition to the National Register of Historic Places. She wrote and printed walking tour brochures describing buildings on the Public Square, South Park Street, and the Hawkins Street Neighborhood. She made the brochures available to the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center so that accurate information would be available to them and to the public. She donated a historical marker to the City emphasizing the importance of the “Public Square” as a place where citizens could exercise their freedom of assembly. The Bella Lynn collection at the University of North Georgia demonstrates her commitment to historic preservation.
- The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor organizations and/or living persons who have distinguished themselves by their significant contributions to the appreciation and/or preservation of Lumpkin County history over a period of time exceeding one year.
- Anyone may bring a recommendation for this award to the attention of the Historical Society. An ad hoc committee will be formed to assess the merits of the recommendation. If the resulting decision is affirmative, then the recommendation will be brought before the Board of Directors for a final vote by a simple majority.
- This award may be presented yearly at our annual Awards Program in April, or at any other time and place.
- There is no limit to the number of awards that may be presented.
- This award differs from the Madeleine K. Anthony Award in that it is not restricted to one specific year.