Each year the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies presents The Albert Ray Newsome Award to organizations that have completed outstanding programs of historical activity.
Honorable mention went to the Lincoln County Historical Association for the restoration of â€œThreshing Grain,â€ the Lincolnton post office mural painted in 1938 as part of the United States Department of Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture.
The association carried out research on the mural, raised the funds, and hired a restoration specialist to do the work. Accepting for the association was Mike Ottinger, who was responsible for doing the research on the painting.
The Federation is a coalition of historical organizations across the state that work to preserve and foster appreciation for history. The award is named for Albert Ray Newsome, an early secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission, who encouraged the establishment of local historical organizations.