September 22, 2020
State Historical Society Honors Volunteers for Donating Nearly 11,000 Service Hours In Past Year
BISMARCK, N.D. – The State Historical Society of North Dakota recently honored the Society’s Heritage Volunteers for donating nearly 11,000 hours of service during the past year. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the volunteer program. More than 200 volunteers, ages 14 to 97, donate their time and talent to help the agency meet its mission.
The following volunteers have been honored for outstanding service to the state’s history agency:
Erlys Fardal, Bismarck, received the Dedication Award for her donation of 596 hours at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.
Victor Kopp, Bismarck, received the Hospitality Award for outstanding service to the public. Kopp has been the anchor volunteer at the west information desk of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum since 2013.
The Youth Award was awarded to Sophie Bratton, Jamestown, who has been generous in volunteering her time to help with events at the Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site in Jamestown.
The Curatorial Award for exceptional achievement in a non-public area was awarded to Diane Lehman Turck, Bismarck, for her "tenacious" and "meticulous" work in the Archaeology Lab at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.
The Review Team for the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse Civics Exhibit received the Special Project Award. The team includes Barbara-Handy Marcello, Tom Isern, Mark Joy, Caitlin Straabe, Tory Jackson, Kevin Locke, Tom Johnson, Barb Lang, Art Todd, and Jackie Tarpinian.
Chantal Wood-Hegge, Medora, received the State Historic Sites Award for her dedication and work at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site in Medora.
A Thirty Years of Service Award was awarded to Jeannette Radig, Bismarck, a volunteer at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.
Ten Years of Service Awards were awarded to Lucille Goldade and Tony Goldade of Bismarck, volunteer at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.
First Hundred Hours of Service Awards were awarded to Michelle Derby and Diane Lehman Turck, both of Bismarck.
Beth Campbell, the Historical Society’s Visitor Services coordinator, noted that since 1981, volunteers statewide have contributed more than 450,000 hours of service to the Society and its sites and museums.The Independent Sector, a coalition for non-profit groups, values volunteer time at $26.67 per hour. Based on that figure, Heritage Volunteers’ donation of time over the past year is valued at more than $293,000.
The Heritage Volunteers are dedicated to assisting the State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation in identifying, preserving, and interpreting the history and heritage of North Dakota and its people. For information about becoming a volunteer, contact Beth Campbell at 701.328.2674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth Campbell, 701.328.2674
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