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Volunteers celebrated with luncheon for making New Concord museums a success

By JOHN LOWE The Daily Jeffersonian Published: December 8, 2016 11:00 AM
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Some 7,000 guests visited the John & Annie Glenn and the National Road & Zane Grey museums in 2016 and accommodating them would not have been possible without the help of several dozen volunteers, Debbie Allender said.

Allender, director of operations for the Museum Association of East Muskingum, spoke Tuesday at the Cambridge Country Club during the annual holiday luncheon for volunteers.

"Attendance has been very good this year," she said.

The John & Annie Glenn Museum attracted 3,000 visitors; the National Road & Zane Grey Museum, 4,000.

Since the Glenn museum opened its doors in 2002, some 60,000 people have toured it. Since the local group took over the management of the National Road museum in 2009, visitors there have numbered about 30,000.

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"So, we have brought in 90,000 visitors who've experienced 200 years of American history right here in southeastern Ohio," she said.

"We want to recognize our current volunteers at each museum who so willingly give of their time. These are great museums, but it's this group of folks who make visiting [the museums] so enjoyable."

The number of volunteer hours in 2016 tallied to 2,500. Since the John & Annie Glenn Museum opened in 2002, the cumulative number of volunteer hours has amounted to more than 50,000.

"If we had to pay these folks minimum wage for the hours that they have served, that would be something like $400,000," she said. "Obviously, we couldn't afford to do that and we would not have been able to operate these museums."

In other business, Allender reported that both museums will be open on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 10-11) for special holiday hours from 1 to 4 p.m.

In the way of decorations, the John & Annie Glenn museum will sport a Christmas tree as it would have when the Glenns lived in it.

"At the National Road [museum], we have lots of space and we've kind of gone crazy filling it with holiday decor. We now have more than 20 beautifully decorated trees which have all been donated by local businesses."

Admission will be free, but donations always are appreciated, she said.

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