April’s volunteer of the Month is Anne Howland.
Having been a Special Forces wife, Anne has a deep connection and understanding of the military and the life they lead. While she says she mostly kept busy with her children during that time period, it was nice to meet different people. The downside was that she frequently moved away from the friends made at the different duty stations. Of those many duty stations Anne says her favorite was Fort Belvoir in Washington, DC. Anne’s best advice to new military spouses is “Be very friendly,” she said, “you’ll hear lots of things but the best thing you can do is be friendly.”
Anne was one of the museum’s first volunteers starting in April of 2000 making this month her 16 year anniversary with the volunteer program. Anne says her favorite things about volunteering here are meeting all of the different people who come to the museum and talking to and working with the staff. Anne is legendary throughout the museum staff for frequently bringing delicious baked goods and making sure everyone gets their share. Anne always welcomes visitors with a genuine smile and warm greeting.
We appreciate Anne’s hard work, dedication, and service to the community. Her volunteer efforts are tremendously appreciated.
May’s volunteer of the month is Fred Burgess.
Fred started volunteering at the museum because he used to work in the military history field and has a lot of respect for those who serve. He also says he’s always loved history and wants to help others see history not as a marble statue but to see the living, breathing person behind the story. He has a special way of making history not dry by always having a joke for visitors.
Thank you Fred for your incredible hard work and devotion to the museum and the community.