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Last updated: July 31. 2014 1:25AM - 598 Views
By - dbroyles@civitasmedia.com



Volunteer Barbara Haynes answers the phones at the Mount Airy Museum's front receptions desk. The desk and museum store has recently been remodelled.
Volunteer Barbara Haynes answers the phones at the Mount Airy Museum's front receptions desk. The desk and museum store has recently been remodelled.
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Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Guest Services Manager Nancy Davis regards volunteers as critical to the success of the institution. Without local individuals stepping forward, there will be gaps in the big picture about community history the facility seeks to showcase daily.


Davis explained the museum uses volunteers to help the staff complete many tasks, including the receptionist desk where guests are greeted and phones are answered. Volunteers also assist with tours of school children and adults from various schools and organizations and special events at the museum. Administrative Assistant Karen Nealis said the ages of volunteers span from ninth grade students to retirees.


Davis indicated a variety of talents are helpful to the group and said volunteers with data entry and filing skills are needed as well as folding and sorting museum information before it is mailed.


“Many of our high school age volunteers can use their experience here for scholarships and to help them with their people skills,” said Nealis. “They can learn a variety of skills, such as talking with customers and running a cash register. I’d say 60 percent of our volunteers are retired teachers, accountants and others. We have a wide range of participants. Behind the scene talent also includes volunteers who do yard work and activities that are not even inside the building. We like to allow volunteers to do work they like to do here.”


Nealis said the museum’s exhibits not only encompass Surry County but community history from Patrick County, Hillsville and Cana. She stressed that the museum includes more that Mount Airy history.


“With volunteers, the puzzle is complete. I want to encourage anyone willing to help us with their talents to call,” Davis said. Interested persons may call 336-786-4478 for more information about volunteer opportunities. The museum is located on 301 North Main Street.


Dave Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on Twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.


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