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Press Release - Society Honors Volunteers For More Than 14,000 hrs

Contact: August 17, 2012
Beth Campbell

State Historical Society Honors Volunteers for Donating More Than 14,000 Service Hours In Past Year

BISMARCK – The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) recently honored the Society’s Heritage Volunteers for donating 14,000 hours of service during the past year. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the state history agency’s volunteer program. More than 200 volunteers, ages 14 to 92, donate their time and talent to help the agency meet its mission.

The Independent Sector, a coalition for non-profit groups, values volunteer time at $21.79 per hour. Based on that figure, Heritage Volunteers’ donation of time is valued at $305,000.

Volunteers were honored on August 14 for outstanding service to the state’s history agency, the SHSND:

The Dedication Award, presented to the volunteer who served the most hours from May 1, 2011, through April 30, 2012, was given to Erlys Fardal of Bismarck, who donated 488 hours of service as a volunteer for the State Archives and Communication and Education divisions. She began her work in 2002 as a volunteer in the State Archives, donating a total of 3,667 hours of service. Erlys also received an award for ten years of service.

The Hospitality Award was presented to Janice Hunt of Bismarck, for her exceptional loyalty and enthusiasm in a public area. Hunt volunteers in the Museum Store at the Heritage Center. Janice has donated over 700 volunteer hours since 2008.

The Curatorial Award, for the outstanding individual in a behind-the-scenes role, was presented to Lilian Wilson of Bismarck, who has been a volunteer since 1996, donating 2,464 hours. Lilian volunteers in the state archives assisting with preservation efforts.

The special project award was presented to Barbara Handy-Marchello of Bismarck for her volunteer work in the museum collection area. Barbara has been working with collections staff on a complete inventory and re-cataloging of the Agency’s Native American collection. Barbara began volunteering in 2006 and has donated 467 hours.

Carol Heyd of Bismarck was presented a 30-year service award Carol for volunteering at the Heritage Center information desk for helping with special events. Since 1982, Carol has donated over 2,211 hours.

Robert Bird of Bismarck, received a Ten Years of Service award. Robert volunteers in the state archives working with teacher records. Since 2002, he has donated 896 hours.

Eighteen volunteers received recognition for their first 100 hours of service. They are:
Jim Burg and Charles (Chip) Turrittin of St. Peter, MN, for their work at the Chateau De Mores state historic site; Joan Eldridge of Williston, for her work at the Missouri Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center; Carolyn Handy for her work in the archeology lab; Toni and Norman Heinert, Coliene Jacobson, Erik Johnson, David Kuhn, Jason Mack, Sandra Rath, Sherri Snyder, and Elsie Volk for their work with the SHSND Foundation; Charlene Smith, for her work in the Photo Archives; Louise Heupel, Bev Tibke and Geraldine Wald for their work in the Heritage Center Museum Store; and Lou Ann Rahn, at the North Dakota Heritage Center Information Desk. All live in Bismarck.

Beth Campbell, SHSND Visitor Services coordinator, noted that since 1981, volunteers statewide have contributed more than 374,000 hours of service to the Society and its sites and museums. The Heritage Volunteers are dedicated to assisting the State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation in identifying, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of North Dakota and its people.

For information about becoming a volunteer, contact SHSND Visitor Services Coordinator Beth Campbell at 701.328.2674 or email

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