Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

Apr 08, 2014, 14:23 ET from Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) recognized 28 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

SOURCE Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission