Los Altos History Museum goes on the road to honor volunteers

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Longtime museum volunteer Pinky Whelan displays her award outside her home.

The Los Altos History Museum took to the road to honor 14 nominees for Volunteer of the Year for its annual appreciation event. The museum usually holds the awards ceremony in its garden courtyard, inviting all 180 volunteers, but with shelter-in-place guidelines restricting large gatherings, the museum changed plans.

In 2020 fashion, members of the Volunteer Development Committee donned masks and set out in a caravan of cars to present the awards. Each museum committee nominated one person to be recognized as Volunteer of the Year. The nominees received a gift and a certificate of appreciation, signed by board president Julia Lovin.
“It was a real honor to receive the award,” said Pinky Whelan, Volunteer of the Year for the Smith House Committee. “The whole process was terrific, with the award delivered to my doorstep, the statement of appreciation read by a committee member, applause and cheers
from the group.”
Whelan served on Los Altos’ inaugural Historical Commission and has volunteered in the J. Gilbert Smith House since the 1970s.
“I’m so impressed by the museum and how far it’s come since it
opened,” she said.
Elisabeth Ward, the museum’s executive director, noted the important role played by volunteers.
“The museum could not operate without the amazing help of our dedicated volunteers,” she said. “We miss seeing them at the museum. It was great for our team to be able to visit the volunteers at their home with a small token of our appreciation.”
In addition to Whelan, the volunteers who received awards and the committees they represent include:
• Brigitte Ahlfeldt, Volunteer Development
• Margie Alving, Collections
• Carrie Castro, Exhibits
• Belinda Chung, Fundraising
• Mona Clements, Docents
• Linda Eckols, Education and Membership
• Kristen Fuller, Marketing/Website
• Eric Greenhut, Oral Histories
• Al Holstein, Facilities
• Armond King, Train
• Nancy Kosinski, Garden
• Susana Krulevitch, Store
• Lori Tuttle, Hospitality and Orchard Commons

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the museum, visit

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