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Local women enjoy helping out at Colchester Historeum

Cutting the cake at the Colchester Historeum volunteer social were, from left, Gladys Otterson, Pam Tonary and Elinor Maher. All three woman are volunteers at the museum.
Cutting the cake at the Colchester Historeum volunteer social were, from left, Gladys Otterson, Pam Tonary and Elinor Maher. All three woman are volunteers at the museum.

TRURO, N.S. – Pam Tonary and Phyllis Smith love seeing people’s faces light up when they learn fascinating facts about the past. The women are able to do this through their volunteer work at the Colchester Historeum.

“One of the reasons I came was because I saw something in the paper, about three years ago, saying they needed volunteers,” said Tonary. “I thought I should go and have a look into it and I’m glad I did. Volunteering here gives you a different perspective and the people are wonderful to work with.”

She chose a morning each week to work at the front desk, greeting visitors and sharing information.

Phyllis Smith’s mother was one of the first volunteers at the museum when it opened in the early 1970s, and she started helping out five years ago.

“It’s very rewarding,” she said. “It’s nice to see people who haven’t been in for years find the museum again. People are more interested in this building now that the new library is open.”

She helps at the front desk and at special functions in the building.

On Jan. 16 a social to thank volunteers was held at the historeum, with music by Happy Harmonies, snacks and cake.

More volunteers are always welcome, and anyone interested in helping out can call 902-895-6284.

“One of the reasons I came was because I saw something in the paper, about three years ago, saying they needed volunteers,” said Tonary. “I thought I should go and have a look into it and I’m glad I did. Volunteering here gives you a different perspective and the people are wonderful to work with.”

She chose a morning each week to work at the front desk, greeting visitors and sharing information.

Phyllis Smith’s mother was one of the first volunteers at the museum when it opened in the early 1970s, and she started helping out five years ago.

“It’s very rewarding,” she said. “It’s nice to see people who haven’t been in for years find the museum again. People are more interested in this building now that the new library is open.”

She helps at the front desk and at special functions in the building.

On Jan. 16 a social to thank volunteers was held at the historeum, with music by Happy Harmonies, snacks and cake.

More volunteers are always welcome, and anyone interested in helping out can call 902-895-6284.

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