Lake Park historian wins Historical Society of Palm Beach County award


L.J. Parker, a longtime volunteer and officer with the Lake Park Historical Society since 2003, will receive the Judge James R. Knott Award, the highest honor presented by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

Parker has been digitizing the Lake Park Society’s collection and has done extensive research about the town, including when it was called Kelsey City.

“It is an immense honor to be included with the previous recipients,” Parker said Sunday in an email.

The Knott award is named for the late judge who was president of the county historical society from 1957 to 1969 and who produced the “Brown Wrapper” series of historical vignettes, which appeared in The Palm Beach Post from 1977 to 1985. Past recipients include Donald Trump, the Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Harvey E. Oyer III, Judge Marvin Mounts, Palm Beach County commissioners and The Palm Beach Post.

Dorothy Gooding also will receive the county historical society’s Chairman’s Award. Gooding, who turns 100 this year, was a founder of the Lake Park Historical Society in 1998; in 1990, she published “Tucked Between the Pages of Time: A History of Lake Park and Environs.”

Marjorie Watts Nelson, a volunteer at the Palm Beach Genealogical Society since 1991, received the Fannie James Pioneering Achievement Award. She and Mary Linehan co-wrote “Pioneer Days on the Shore of Lake Worth, 1873-1893,” published in 1994. She has also helped compile five municipal cemetery books. She recently ended a two-decade stint editing the group’s journal.

The three will be honored at the county historical society’s annual meeting, at 5:30 p.m. April 28 at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at the old county courthouse at 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-832-4164 or visit www.historicalsocietypbc.org/


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