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Beth House Lane takes over for Reg Ankrom
Adams County native Beth House Lane said she is looking forward to leading the county wide historical society.
“I am very excited to be named executive director and hope that my experience will complement the society, help it grow and aid it in the work it does,” said Lane.
Lane takes over from Reg Ankrom, who resigned as executive director of the HSQAC earlier this year.
After conducting a search for a new executive director, the HSQAC board decided Lane, who grew up and attended school in Payson, was their choice to be the new executive director.
“We selected Beth for several reasons. First she is a board member who understands the mission of the Society. She is a very active member who loves everything about the Historical Society. Second, she is a very dedicated and works so hard. Third, she has an extremely impressive resume.
Beth is a published author and her book on a local murder case, “Lies Told Under Oath” is a terrific book. Beth is a great addition as executive director who is already making a tremendous contribution,” said HSQAC board president Justin Coffey.
Lane recently moved back to the Adams County area after living in the Tucson Arizona area for nearly three decades. While living in Arizona, Lane was involved in the area’s tourism industry, retail marketplace, and business community.
“I love and respect history and recognize its value to today’s society. My roots in this community are deep, as my Seymour ancestors moves to Payson in 1836 and my House ancestors came even earlier, settling near Richfield and the Schnelbeckers settled near Fall Creek,” said Lane.
Lane is a former board member of the HSQAC. She has also taught several writing workshops.
“Writing is a passion of mine. I utilized the HSQAC facility (and many others) in writing my book, Lies Told Under Oath, the true account of the local Pfanschmidt murders in 1912. During almost ten years spent searching and researching resources, I learned to respect the research process and its value. Currently, I also organize the weekly articles the HSQAC supplies to the Sunday edition of the Quincy Herald Whig,” said Lane.
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County is located at 425 South 12th in Quincy Illinois.
You can access the HSQAC at www.adamscohistory.org .