Freeport’s Lincoln-Douglas Society was presented with the prestigious Leonard Wells Volk Award by the Lincoln Forum at a ceremony and dinner Nov. 17. The award was made by Frank J. Williams, chairman of the Forum, at the Forum’s annual gathering in Gettysburg, Pa.
The Leonard Wells Volk Award is presented annually by the Lincoln Forum to “institutions and organizations that perpetuate the Lincoln story.” The award itself is an exquisitely rendered copy of the 1860 Leonard Wells Volk life mask of Lincoln, mounted on a marble base. The sculpture was donated by Forum members Dr. & Mrs. Mark Zimmerman of Vero Beach, Fla.
In announcing the award, Harold Holzer, vice-chair of the Lincoln Forum, noted that the Lincoln-Douglas Society had “transformed the size of the second 1858 Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debate.” And that “Lily Tolpo’s statue of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas now adorns the historic setting, visitation has increased, and an adjacent public library has become the scene of exhibitions and historic programs.”
The Volk Award was received on behalf of the Lincoln-Douglas Society by Tim Connors. A delegation of five other members of the Society also attended the awards ceremony: Olga Carlile, Mickey Martin, Carole Dickerson, as well as Bonnie and Jerry Curran.
George Buss, chair of the Executive Committee of the Lincoln Forum, noted that, “Previous recipients of the Leonard Volk Award include Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC; the Lincoln Home, Springfield, Ill.; and President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, DC.”
From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2011, issue