Museum Center celebrates its volunteers

Cincinnati Museum Center honored its 575 adult volunteers at the 25th annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. The event took place April 13 during National Volunteer Week.

Last year, the 575 individuals contributed more than 58,920 hours of their time, which is valued at nearly $1.4 million, based on a federal formula.

Those volunteers served as the smiling faces guests see throughout the museums, the steady hands carefully piecing together prehistoric pottery and dinosaur bones, and the captivating tour guides who lead guests on tours through the brewery district and historic homes of Cincinnati.

”We are so fortunate that our volunteers have chosen to share their knowledge, skills and passion with us and with our guests,” said Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Cincinnati Museum Center.”

Of the total hours volunteered in 2015, Barbara Jennings contributed 1,273, earning her the Pinnacle Award for most hours volunteered in a calendar year. Jennings worked 35 years as a clinical microbiologist, but for the past 10 years has given more than 11,000 hours to the Museum Center as a docent with the Cincinnati Heritage Programs. She leads tours through Cincinnati’s historic neighborhoods, sharing the stories of those who have built and defined the city over the past 200 years.

In addition, 27 volunteers logged more than 400 hours each.

Bev Hater was recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Award for her more than 4,000 hours of service in the community, including 20 years as a volunteer with the Museum Center. She is a full-time IT application analyst for UC Health but devotes her evenings and weekends to volunteer with special exhibits and programs.

Al and Betty Adamson were recognized for 35 years of service, though they have been volunteering with Cincinnati Museum Center since the 1970s, predating Museum Center records. They volunteer together in the Museum Center’s archaeology collection. In August, they  will celebrate an even more remarkable milestone: 70 years of marriage.

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