Coatesville, PA – March 21, 2017
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) in Coatesville, PA, along with Coatesville Savings Bank, is pleased to announce its eleventh annual Rebecca Lukens Award to be presented to noted community-builder, Frances Sheehan, President of Crozier-Keystone Community Foundation. For the past 15 years, Ms. Sheehan served as President and CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation (BHF) in Coatesville and helped distribute $15 million in funding for services and programs to benefit Coatesville area’s residents. She assumed her current role in January of 2017. Established by The Graystone Society’s National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens, the annual award will be presented to Ms. Sheehan at a May 10th garden party reception, in the Lukens National Historic District.
NISHM Lauds Honoree
Scott G. Huston, the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum’s President, applauds this year’s choice for the Rebecca Lukens Award. “Frances has been a true friend to NISHM since its inception. At every turn, Frances would lend her resources (and the resources of her organization) to enrich our mission and the goals we have set forth—such as BHF’s Coatesville Youth Initiative, where student interns from the community would spend the summer working at NISHM. Scott also appreciates Frances’ unique birds-eye view of NISHM. “I was a history major in college so I was attracted to the Museum’s mission from the beginning and have been fortunate to watch the organization grow and evolve over the 12 plus years that the Brandywine Health Foundation has been located in the Lukens Executive Office Building (home base to NISHM),” cites Frances.
Looking forward, Frances says, “I applaud people who are engaged in their communities, take the time to become informed about all we know about how to deliver good health care, and how to build an equitable, high quality education system, and then vote thoughtfully. We can have different opinions about how to accomplish those goals of course but engagement in meaningful ways is critical.”
This exhibit celebrates the history of the America’s Cup, one of the most thrilling competitions to witness. It also makes known the materials used to make vessels, the yachts that were made with Lukens steel, and a few of the famous sailors and owners. This exhibit opens on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 and will remain on display through August 2017.
Presenting sponsor for the Rebecca Lukens Award is Coatesville Savings Bank. “The Trustees and Employees of Coatesville Savings Bank are committed to providing outstanding customer service, competitive products and services, and involvement and support for the communities we serve. It's how we define community banking. It's how you can define Coatesville Savings Bank,” cites bank information
Coatesville Savings Bank, A. Frederick Travaglini, Brandywine Health Foundation, MacElree Harvey, Edge Wallboard Machinery, Wegman’s, Herr’s Foods, Huston Properties, Inc., The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust, Charles & Barbara Huston, Peter & Ruth Nunn, Scott & Meredith Huston, and The Williams Group.
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum is located on the campus of the Lukens National Historic District, at 50 S. 1st Avenue in Coatesville, PA. Easily accessible in the heart of Coatesville and adjacent to the River Walk, NISHM is open six days a week for tours, lectures and educational programs. It draws international crowds to its facility, which educates the public on the people, places, products, and processes of steel making, as well as the importance of educating children in the STEAM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).
For event information and reservations, please contact The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum at 610-384-9282 or visit http://www.steelmuseum.org