Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society will present its 2010 Hubert Hawkins History Award to Marvin Allen of Knox, Ind., at its annual Founders Day Dinner on Dec. 6. The presentation will take place at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
The Hubert Hawkins History Award is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.
Born in Starke County, Allen graduated as valedictorian of Knox High School in 1964 and went on to further his education at Coyne College in Chicago. After a 34-year career with NCR/AT&T that moved his family from South Bend, Ind., to Illinois and later to Missouri, Allen decided to take early retirement and move back to his home county. He built a new home on the family farm and began to serve his community.
Allen began to volunteer with the Starke County Historical Society and has served as secretary for that organization since 2004. In 2006, he was appointed Starke County Historian by the IHS and Indiana Historical Bureau. His work over the years has included the scanning of nearly 25,000 historic photographs, maps, phone books and county history books. He has presented dozens of programs on history to groups throughout the state and is considered an authority on the history of Starke County.
For more information on Founders Day, as well as other programs and events of the Indiana Historical Society, call (317) 232-1882. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.