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Jane Walsh-Brown to get state honor for history work

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Westchester Public Library assistant director and Westchester Township History Museum founder Jane Walsh-Brown will receive the Hubert Hawkins History Award from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS).

The IHS will present the award at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Monday, Dec. 5 in Indianapolis.

The Hubert Hawkins History Award is presented annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.

The IHS said that during her years of library service, Walsh-Brown has made significant contributions to the community through her work collecting, preserving and publicizing local history. One of her most significant efforts is the founding of the Westchester Township History Museum. Because of her work as a curator, visitors are able to expand their knowledge of local history, find research assistance, and enjoy local artists, authors and collections, the IHS said.

Among her other accomplishments is her work editing Images of America: Westchester Township, which was released in 1999. She also edited other publications and has worked with more than a dozen history-related organizations and libraries throughout the state. In addition, she is the founder of The Museums of Porter County, a counterparts group.

Her other awards include Librarian of the Year from the Indiana Library Association/Indiana Library Trustee Association in 1979, the Athena Award from the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in 1991, the 1993 Celebrate Literacy Award by the Porter County Council of the Indiana Reading Association, the 1996 Woman of the Year award from the Chesterton-Porter Business and Professional Women's Club, the 2008 Unsung Hero Award and the 2011 Professional of the Year award, both from the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission. She also received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Library Federation.

For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882 or see


Posted 11/11/2011