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2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Sarah Macdonald, Kris Gaskins, Mary Ott and Krystle McColgan. Not pictured: Linda Pisani.

In addition to the staff of the DRHS, hundreds of volunteers make our efforts possible. Volunteers transcribe diaries, make minor repairs on the houses, work as interns and summer tour guides, oversee rentals on our properties, provide food for events, work in the gardens and on the lands committee, publish books, supervise collections and acquisitions, run education programs, walking tours, and school tours, and even more keep the Ship’s Store functioning at events. There is something for everyone at the DRHS, and our volunteers make the us so much richer than we would be otherwise. We are grateful every day for their contributions.

In their honor, Recognition Awards were presented at the Annual Meeting held on February 9, 2016. Coverage of the Annual Meeting appeared on PCN in February:


Preservation of Museum Collections and Archives: Linda Pisani, for her work in transcription of archival materials at the Drew Archival Library, providing crucial accessibility to the DRHS collections.

Education: Krystle McColgan, for her work as a summer tour guide, for her work in greeting visitors to Duxbury’s Holly Days, and for her creation of the Decorate-a-Wreath program for King Caesar Christmas which encouraged the involvement of new decorating groups.

Activities: Sarah Macdonald for her assistance in the areas of outreach, PR, and media, including arranging for DRHS to be featured in the national publication, Early American Life Magazine.

Lands and Gardens: Mary Ott for her work in the gardens of Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House. Gardens volunteers work diligently throughout the summer to care for DRHS’s extensive gardens, and to offset substantial maintenance costs.

Volunteer of the Year: Kris Gaskins for her administration of the newly combined Textiles & Clothing Committee, a position that requires a year-round time commitment, a high level of knowledge, the ability to liaison with staff, and the ability to manage a large group of volunteers.