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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

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April 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recognized 20 volunteers for their contributions of time, talent, and expertise in 2013 at the annual Volunteer of the Year Ceremony, held Saturday, April 5 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

In addition, two honorees, Robert F. Miller from the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Galeton, Potter County, and Kelly Ruoff from Bushy Run Battlefield in Jeannette, Westmoreland County, received Outstanding Service Awards for long-term volunteer participation and exceptional dedication.

Volunteers dedicate more than 100,000 hours of service each year to help PHMC provide much-needed programs and services. Each spring for nearly 40 years, volunteers and commission leadership gather to say “thank you” and honor exceptional volunteer service.

Each of the historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trails of History® are invited to designate a Volunteer of the Year based on service in the preceding calendar year.

Award recipients for 2013 include:

Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton

Janet Loewe

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford

John Ebenreiter

Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeannette

Bonnie Ramus

Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf

Cindy Mendelson

Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall

Sue Wentzel

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro

Diane Kiefer

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

Shirley Gockley

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie

Chuck Christensen

Graeme Park, Horsham

Mary Washington

Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland

Scott Onsager

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Lancaster

Bob Goodhart

Old Economy Village, Ambridge

Barbara Hicks

Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville

Ronald Matlack

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Galeton

Chris Nicholas

Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg

Bob Barry

The Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg

Cynthia S. Margolis

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg

Steve Ferrell

Somerset Historical Center, Somerset

Ron Bruner

The State Museum o­f Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

Clydene Strauss

Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing

Dominick DiIorio

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For more information on sites along the Pennsylvania Trails of History visit

Media Contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639



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