When I promised last time to tell you about some of the volunteers who are working so faithfully to make the Marcus Historical Society--Reed Center a reality, I didn't realize what an impossible assignment I was taking on.
There are so many remarkable individuals among the members of the society that one hardly knows where to start or stop.
The names of twenty-eight Founder Members are listed on a plaque just inside the entrance. They all have strong Marcus connections, though some live far away. Others living nearby are no longer able to contribute physically as they would like. In spite of restrictions of health or distance, the financial contributions and moral support of all the Founder
Members have helped flesh out the dream of the Reed Center.
A second plaque lists various contributions. Some names are of folks who have given money, numerous hours of labor, or both, to turn the old building into its present incarnation. There are also postings of memorial gifts, either of money or material.
Some are reminders of those who left us long ago while others bring to mind persons who are still living or were more recently deceased. Such gifts are a great way to preserve special memories and to provide ongoing support for the Reed Center.
In order to avoid some inevitable errors of omission, I am just going to mention a few of the hard-working society members. One of these has to be
June Pallesen, our first president. She handled all of the intricately complicated details of getting things organized and "off the ground" with skill and expedience. Bonnie Husman, who like many others, has given so much time and expertise, deserves special mention because of the great
Scrapbook she has created and continues to maintain for the Marcus Historical Society-- Reed Center. You have to see it to appreciate its value.
Next, I can probably best give you a sense of how the many other dedicated workers operate by introducing you to Gerald Meylor and Lester and Mary Peterson who were recognized with Outstanding Volunteer Awards at the Grand Opening in August 2008. Gerry is a master craftsman who seems able to do anything with hammer and saw.
Just one of many examples, is the way he enclosed open shelves in the rest room area, turning them into handsome storage cabinets. Thriftily, he used wood found right there in the building. He, Les and Mary Peterson and many others, after finishing much of the main floor work, are now concentrating on clearing out and properly finishing the basement.
Part of it will be used for additional exhibits, while the rest will be utilized for storage. Les and Mary, who are collectors in their own right, are also masters of the arts of refinishing and restoring. In addition to countless hours of intense labor, they have either given or loaned many pieces from their own fine collection.
The function of the Historical Society, which I have left to last, may well be its most significant one. I am referring to its use as a center for the collection and storage of genealogical records for the families, which have contributed to the community from its earliest days to the present.
Hopefully there will be filing cabinets and suitable workspace provided for the use of all who wish to do that sort of research. In the final analysis, it is the citizens, not their possessions, on which our history was built.
Again, as I told you last time, it's my heartfelt wish that I have succeeded in arousing your interest so you will be visiting The Marcus Historical Society--Reed Center at your earliest opportunity!