History of the Local History Collection

Lincoln Public Library’s Local History Collection was established in 1981, when William F. Rannie, the editor of the Lincoln Post Express, recognized the need to collect printed material on the heritage of Beamsville and the former Townships of Clinton and Louth and to locate a central site to house this collection. Working alongside Barbara Troup, a member of both Council and the Library Board, the Lincoln History Club was founded.

The Local History Collection was the result of a partnership between the Lincoln Public Library and the Lincoln History Club. A request was made to the citizens of Lincoln for any material they would like to donate to the project. This material became the nucleus of the collection, which has grown over the years to provide a wide range of information for historians, genealogists and the general public interested in the history of the community.