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Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) recognized 22 individuals and an entire family for their contributions of time, talent and expertise in 2018 at the annual Volunteer of the Year Ceremony, held Saturday, April 27, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

In addition, four honorees received Outstanding Service Awards for long-term volunteer participation and exceptional dedication: Robert Zimmerman from Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly; Linda Bolla from the Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie; Robert Siever from the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Lancaster; and Susan Plaisted from Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville.

Since its beginning more than a century ago, PHMC has depended on citizen volunteers to work in partnership with its dedicated paid staff to carry out the preservation and interpretation programs of the agency. Each spring for nearly 40 years, commission leadership have gathered with volunteers to say thanks and honor exceptional service.

"Our volunteers are integral to the success of our historic sites and museums," said PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. "They bring a passion for history, a strong connection to community, and a desire to welcome all who visit to learn more about our shared heritage."

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 2018 include:


Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton

Juliana Puccini

Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford

Nicholas Rodia

Bushy Run Battlefield, Jeannette

Emily Liska, John Harris and Nick Sopko

Conrad Weiser Homestead, Womelsdorf

David Hoffman

Cornwall Iron Furnace, Cornwall

Karin Mitchell

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro

William Jewell

Drake Well Museum and Park, Titusville

Mary Jane Hiller

Eckley Miners' Village, Weatherly

The Neyhart Family

Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

Julia Murphy

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

Mary Kay Sanner

Graeme Park, Horsham

Steven Griffith

Hope Lodge, Fort Washington

Coleen Bant

Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland

Sam Geise

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Lancaster

Sharon O'Neal-Lehner and Dawn Snyder

Old Economy Village, Ambridge

Cynthia Pagesh

Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville

Beth Lepianka

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Galeton

Jack Deurer

Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg

Victor Campbell

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg

William Cole

Somerset Historical Center, Somerset

Judy Swank

The State Museum o­f Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

Andy Stauffer

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit PHMC online at

MEDIA CONTACT: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639


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