History Museum Honors Volunteers, 2020 Style

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LOS ALTOS, CA (June 23, 2020)  Los Altos History Museum took to the road to honor 14 nominees for Volunteer of the Year in this annual appreciation event. Normally, the Museum holds the awards ceremony in the garden courtyard, inviting all 180 volunteers. But with County guidelines restricting large gatherings, the Museum changed plans.

In 2020 fashion, members of the Volunteer Development Committee donned masks and set out in a caravan of cars to present the awards. Each committee nominated one person to be recognized as Volunteer of the Year. The nominees received a gift and a certificate of appreciation, signed by Board President Julia Lovin.

“It was a real honor to receive the award. The whole process was terrific, with the award delivered to my doorstep, the statement of appreciation read by a committee member, applause and cheers from the group. I found out I’d been nominated when I attended the Annual Meeting of Members on Zoom,” said Pinky Whelan, Volunteer of the Year for the Smith House Committee. Pinky served on the first Historical Commission, and has volunteered in the J. Gilbert Smith House since the 70s. “I’m so impressed by the Museum and how far it’s come since it opened.”

“The Museum could not operate without the amazing help of our dedicated volunteers,” said Executive Director Dr. Elisabeth Ward. “We miss seeing them at the Museum! It was great for our team to be able to visit the volunteers at their home with a small token of our appreciation.”

The volunteers who received awards, and the committees they serve, are:

To learn about volunteer opportunities with the Museum, visit losaltoshistory.org/volunteer

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rentduring evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

For more information, visit: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact: Marketing@losaltoshistory.org

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org

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