The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville will present its 12th annual Rebecca Lukens Award to noted historic preservationist and museum management consultant, Janet S. Klein, at a reception on May 31 in the Lukens National Historic District.
Klein proved vital in the seminal stages of the restoration of Terracina, the first historic home in the Lukens National Historic District.
“In the early days, the William Penn Foundation underwrote programs for historic house assistance in the Philadelphia region,” said Eugene DiOrio, a Historical Advisor for NISHM. “It was a three-year program, covering the entire area. We were struggling, as there weren’t any funds to even assess the renovations at Terracina.
“So, we applied for this grant and Janet came out, and she was impressed with what she saw. We didn’t win the first year, but we won the second year we applied. Terracina was selected as one of six houses that year to receive operational and restorative advice from a team of experts. It was enormously instrumental when we were just starting our journey.
“Now, we have come full circle and I am so thrilled that Janet is the 2018 Rebecca Lukens Award honoree.”
Tickets for the reception on May 31 are $50. For more information and reservations, please contact The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum at 610-384-9282 or click here.