To promote our goal of "Learning from the past, and preserving for the future" the Historical Society recognizes individuals and organizations for their contribution to the preservation of the history and heritage of Lumpkin County. Such contributions are recognized by awarding Certificates of Appreciation, and the Madeleine K. Anthony Award presented for the most outstanding contribution.
In May 2016 the Society established the Isabella T. Lynn Distinguished Service Award in honor of one of the Society's guiding light. The award differs from the Madeleine K. Anthony Award in that it is not restricted to any specific year.
Additionally, 8th graders from Lumpkin County Middle School receive cash awards and a Certificate of Appreciation for essays (see guidelines) on aspects of local history.
The Society takes pleasure in recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to the preservation of the history and heritage of Lumpkin County during the preceding year when the MKA award is presented. These contributions keep alive the legacy of the Lumpkin County community. The two lists below includes all Madeleine K. Anthony and Isabella T. Lynn award recipients since inception. The the blue link on the date leads to full details of that year's presentation. Dahlonega Nugget articles in the links are used by permission of the editor.
Madeleine K Anthony Award Recipients
2018 Tim and Tracey Ragland
2017 Darrell E. Woodall
2016 Catherine and Johnny Ariemma
2015 Loudine Seabolt
2014 Tommye Scanlin
2013 Jay Markwalter and The Dahlonega Nugget
2012 Manuel B. Carvalho
2011 William "Bill" Waldrop
2010 Mike & Lynn Cottrell and Bill & Helen Hardman
2009 Unnamed Recipient and Christopher P. Worick
2007 Walter S. Garlinghouse and Frieda W. Bafile
2007 Robert Jenkins - Lifetime Achievement
2006 Jim and Betty Smulian
2005 Larry Scott
2004 Sharon Johnson and Bill O'Leksy
2003 Robbie Niles
2002 Greg Shepard
2001 Doug and Annette Seymour
2000 Jack Anthony
1999 Jean Cuthbertson
1998 Sherman Day
1997 Jack Herbert
1996 Sally Sorohan
1995 Frank Moon
1993 Holly Theatre
1992 Jimmy Anderson
1991 Bryan and Donna Whitfield Jr.
1990 Isabella T. Lynn
1989 Anne Dismukes Amerson