Lingo family donates $125K to Lewes Historical Society

Temporary exhibit space named Jack & Peggy Lingo Gallery
April 14, 2019

The Lewes Historical Society wishes to thank the Lingo family for a donation of $125,000.

The donation has enabled the society to close out its capital campaign to develop the Lewes History Museum, an educational center which features first-class exhibits, a Children’s Discovery Center and a special collections gallery. With the opening of the history museum, the society has provided both locals and visitors with the opportunity to reflect on Lewes’ history and culture. As the museum is closely situated to the Lewes Public Library and the Georgetown-Lewes trailhead, its location has become a gateway to Historic Lewes.

Founded in 1962, the Lewes Historical Society has contributed much to the preservation of Lewes’ local architecture, culture and history. The society seeks to preserve historic properties as well as educate visitors about Lewes’ local, state and national significance. With a historical campus on Shipcarpenter Street, the society manages a number of properties in town including the Ryves Holt House, the Cannonball House and more. The society also offers a number of educational programs, exhibits, tours and lectures to the public, and it maintains a large collection of local historical archives and artifacts.

The Lingos have deep roots in Lewes and possess a singular appreciation for the rich cultural history of the area. The society has named the museum’s temporary exhibit space The Jack & Peggy Lingo Gallery. This dynamic space allows visitors to view rare artifacts from the society and from other museums. The museum boasts the best temporary exhibit gallery of any museum in southern Delaware.

The Lewes History Museum is currently open seven days a week. For more information, go to or call 302-645-7670.