About the Museum

Cider Press
Horse and Buggy
The Fry House making its famed journey across the Twenty Mile Creek
Pioneer Day festivities
Pioneer Day festivities
Pioneer Day festivities

About Us


The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre: Home of The Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty is dedicated to the interpretation, exhibition, research, collection, and preservation of past, present, and future narratives relevant to the Town and the Niagara Region. Enriching the cultural fabric of our community through inclusive engagements will empower us to listen, learn, and acknowledge our history.

About Us


The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre: Home of the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty is a vibrant gathering place that shapes our community by engaging and inspiring residents and visitors in the celebration of heritage and culture.

Pioneer Day festivities
Pioneer Day festivities

About Us

01Our Values

Accessible & Inclusive

The Museum is a welcoming organization that embraces and celebrates the diversity of our community; past, present, and future. It is a place that facilitates access to its programs and services for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.


The Museum is an organization that develops and fosters collaboration and partnerships within our community, the cultural sector, industries, and businesses.


The Museum is responsive to the needs, challenges, and issues facing its community by committing itself to active dialogue and action.


The Museum is innovative in its approach to seeking new ideas, and welcoming new knowledge and voices.

Responsible & Accountable

The Museum strives to be sustainable and accountable through its responsible and transparent actions in the areas of governance, management, storytelling, and stewardship.

The Fry Family
The Fry Family

Established in 1953

02Our History

Originally known as the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty, the museum was first founded in 1953 by a group of passionate local community volunteers. In 1995, the Town of Lincoln Council acquired the Museum and it became the Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre: Home of the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty.

Connected to the Community

Advisory Committee

The Town of Lincoln Museum Advisory Committee contributes to strengthening our community through sound leadership, optimizing Town operations, and meeting the needs of our residents.

The Advisory Committee has the following objectives and responsibilities:
  • Provide input into the Museum’s Strategic Plan (monitoring progress)
  • Assist in the development of future strategic plans
  • Formation of, and participation in sub-committees as deemed necessary relating to priorities outlined in the Museum’s Strategic Plan
  • Support special projects furthering public awareness of the Museum
  • Serve as Museum ambassadors to champion positive community engagement and support of key initiatives

TOL Committee Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Community Members (Voting Members):
  • Steve Barnhart
  • Donna Betts
  • Anna Chiota, Heritage Gift Shop
  • Pauline Creighton
  • Angela Lytle
  • Ruth Smith, Friends of Lincoln History
  • Terry Teather, JHMTVA
  • Jane Woolsey
Council Appointed Members (Non-Voting Members):
  • Councillor Mikolik
  • Councillor Murre
Staff Support (Non-Voting Members):
  • Cultural Development Coordinator
  • Deputy Clerk

Acknowledging Our Past For Our Future

Land Acknowledgement

As we take a moment to reflect on the importance of the land on which we gather, our provider and sustainer, we look to understand the history of the land. Lincoln is situated on treaty land. These lands are steeped in the rich history of the First Nations such as the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Intended to guide the relationship between the First Nations and Europeans, the Two Row Wampum is an important symbol of everlasting equality, peace, and friendship. It remains the foundation upon which Canada was built, and we recognize that this mutually respectful relationship between nations is essential for reconciliation today.

There are many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people from across Turtle Island that live and work in Niagara today. The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre stands with all Indigenous people, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live. We recognize that we must do more to learn about the history and current situation of Indigenous people. This will help us better understand our roles and take responsibility towards reconciliation as treaty people, residents, and caretakers.

Museum Data

Reports & Documents