2020 – Alice Wikoff
“Alice Wikoff is a dedicated and outstanding town historian who embodies the Jane G. Clayton Award because of her commitment to historic preservation and her efforts to protect the rich history of Allentown,” said Clerk Hanlon.
Over the years, Alice Wikoff has gone to great lengths to maintain and preserve the architecture, streetscapes, parks, signage, or any issue warranting attention. For decades, she has diligently researched and assembled Allentown’s history in 27 three-ring binders that include hand-drawn illustrations, historic photographs, and other artwork of the borough’s history, which is a treasure for generations to come. Alice’s other work includes creating a 75-page condensed version of Allentown’s history.
Ms. Wikoff has also worked tirelessly to restore Allentown’s Lakeview Cemetery, which is the final resting place for many veterans of the Revolutionary War and early residents of Allentown. Her efforts include restored headstones, interpretive signage, and tours offered to Allentown’s high school students.
“Alice’s passion and enormous efforts in preserving and protecting Allentown’s history is unparalleled,” said Clerk Hanlon. “We owe her a debt of gratitude for preserving all of this information for future generations to enjoy.”