The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
2016 Volunteers of the Year
42nd Annual Recognition at the
Pennsylvania State Museum
The PHMC was formed to play a key role in stewardship of the commonwealth’s historical resources. Since its beginning a century ago, the commission has depended on citizen volunteers to work in partnership with our dedicated paid staff to carry out preservation and interpretation programs of the agency. Every year the commission takes time to recognize the honorees selected as “Volunteer of the Year” by the various sites they serve in order to thank them for their efforts in service to history and to the state. Thanks to their work and dedication, we have been able to preserve the historical resources of these special places that tell Pennsylvania’s story for the citizens of and visitors to our commonwealth.
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates
Volunteer of the Year: Carola Glennon
After Carola’s husband passed away, her friends Jean and Pete Folk were looking for ways to help her occupy her time. The Folks (active PALMA board members and past Volunteer of the Year honorees) knew that the museum was just the place, and Carola has become a priceless addition to the museum’s volunteer ranks. For more than a year, she has arrived early on Sunday morning, staying until windows, floors, bathrooms and rugs are clean and the dusting is to her liking. (During the last inspection of the site kitchen, the PA food inspector commented that he wished all facilities looked as clean and orderly as the museum’s.)
Carola’s vast experience in the nursing profession apparently included catering, too. She has helped with preparing platters of food for luncheons, baking desserts for special events, and assembling and explaining the 8-foot log cake for Bark Peelers’ Festival. Carola’s motto is “I will not stay if I’m not kept busy.” So the Lumber Museum staff and board members are doing just that: keeping Carola busy!
We thank Carola for her dedication, hard work, and support, and we are pleased to honor her as Volunteer of the Year!