Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Volunteer of the Year Awards

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Volunteer of the Year Awards
April 27, 2013 10:30 am
April 27, 2013 5:00 pm
By invitation
PA Historical and Museum Commission
March 26, 2013
PA State Museum
400 North St., Harrisburg, PA, United States

Volunteer of the Year Awards

The PA Historical and Museum Commission holds its annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony on  Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Volunteers are selected for recognition for service during the previous year at each of the sites on the Pennsylvania Trails of History. Each of these honorees will receive a commemorative pin, a resolution from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and a complimentary one-year membership in the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, which supports the work of the PHMC through programs, fundraising, and special initiatives.

Two volunteers from Priestley House will receive awards this year.  Cheryl Snyder as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year at Priestley House and Ruth Eleanor Mc Corkill for Outsanding Service spanning 20 years.. 
Cheryl Snyder fills two vital roles for The Friends of Joseph Priestley House: she edits our newsletter and serves as an enthusiastic Visitors Center Volunteer. After working for more than thirty-five years as both a research chemist and as a chemical educator, Cheryl and her husband, Joe, retired and returned to her hometown of Sunbury. Her work on the newsletter, dealing with deadlines and volunteer authors, is much appreciated because she does it with a very competent eye and a cheerful spirit. As a loyal visitors’ center receptionist, Cheryl pitched in from the start several years ago when the Museum’s staff was furloughed. Because of her education and experience she is able to explain chemical concepts and historical issues when others are stumped, a boon to both our visitors and our volunteers.

Cheryl Snyder

The PHMC Outstanding Service Award recognizes and honors exceptional, long-term contributions by an individual who has given unselfishly of time and talents for the advancement of a museum.
Ruth Eleanor McCorkill has been an active volunteer at Joseph Priestley House since 1991, over 20 years.  She was our Volunteer of the Year in 1997. Her enthusiasm for this historical site in her beloved home community has been unflagging. She was one of an original group of women who hand sewed costumes and created exhibits for the Elizabeth Ryland Priestley bedroom.
Her devotion to the museum has endured; she has been sure to keep in touch and been there in person, in costume, as our front door greeter during special events. Her personal addition to our costumed events has been the creation of a miniature doll character, Merry Merry, an attraction that especially charms young children who visit.


Ruth Eleanor McCorkill