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

Mission

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

Vision

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.

Collaborative

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

Responsive

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

Innovative

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 Pachereva
  • Councillor Timmers
Staff Support (Non-Voting Members):
  • Cultural Development Coordinator
  • Exhibitions and Collections Curator
  • Deputy Clerk

Acknowledging Our Past For Our Future

Land Acknowledgement

Niagara has been the traditional territory of Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, including the Chonnonton, Anishinaabek, and Haudenosaunee nations. This territory is covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement, the Two Row Wampum Agreement, the Covenant Chain of Friendship, and the Treaty of Niagara.

These nation-to-nation agreements were the foundation upon which Canada was built, and we recognize that a mutually respectful relationship between nations is foundational for reconciliation today. We acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River for being stewards of this traditional territory.

Today, Niagara is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the Wampum agreements, the Treaty of Niagara, and the Indigenous people who live here so that we can better understand our roles and take responsibility towards reconciliation as treaty people, residents, and caretakers.