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By: Rebekah Bjork | May 10, 2017

Todd and Mary have been volunteering at MNHS for a combined total of more than 20 years! They have individually served more than 2,000 hours each!

Mary has been volunteering weekly in the Registrar’s Office for nearly four years and has been a tremendous asset. Her attention to detail and willingness to take on new duties and learn new skills has been remarkable, and a great help in keeping the wheels rolling to meet exhibit deadlines. She has also been able to help clean up some old records and files long in need of attention. Staff supervisor Nicole Delfino-Jansen said “I don’t know what we would do without her!”

Mary has also helped in the Exhibits department. Supervisor Kate Roberts said “Mary brings so many skills to the exhibit department. The thing about Mary is she has a background that’s very different from the backgrounds that many of us come from.” Mary has experience in both medical technology laboratory work and computer programming. Kate said “The skills she brings are skills that we simply don’t have in the department. For example, she has worked a lot with databases… When we are planning a project from start to finish, we really do look at the skills our volunteers bring us, and use those people to, honestly, sometimes plug holes and to do work that otherwise wouldn’t get done.”

Todd volunteers in the Development Office. He has had numerous projects, which include gathering demographics of schools who visit MNHS’s metro sites, creating internal programs, doing preliminary prospect research for new donors and contacts, helping Historic Sites pull demographics for the surrounding areas to help with short and long-term planning, and has even helped with database research and data entry!

One of the best finds Todd has was identifying the Tawani Foundation as a prospect for the Civil War Flag restoration project. Through the research and information he provided, the request was successful and received $148,000 in support of the project!

Supervisor Sherri Gebert-Fuller said “Todd has been so flexible and willing to do what is asked of him with an enthusiastic attitude. MNHS is very fortunate to have such a great volunteer helping us with our fundraising goals.”

Submitted by Sherri Gebert-Fuller, Nicole Delfino-Jansen, and Kate Roberts