Longtime volunteer hosts and hostesses of the Delta County Museum were honored with a full tea at the historic Hillman Building last Saturday afternoon.
Seventeen volunteers were handed certificates of appreciation by Dr. Tom Gore, president of the Delta County Historical Society, and Jim Wetzel, museum director/curator.
The party was hosted by 4th and Main Exchange and café in the recently renovated building which had stood vacant for nearly five years. Proprietors Chuck and Sherry Christie manage the eclectic store with numerous vendors of art, antiques, vintage and handmade items and clothing, gift ideas and more. Opened earlier this year is a new coffee shop, Café Artistas, serving pastries, French pressed coffee and other beverages by Victoria Sterkel.Sterkel has served in fine restaurants in Denver's lower downtown as well as in Omaha, Italy, Mexico and Hawaii. In those locations she also created art and gained a bachelor of arts from the University of Hawaii. Her paintings are displayed in the building's Confluence Gallery, which displays the work of eight artists. Proprietor Chuck Christie's contemporary art of wood and found objects is also a feature.
A number of the volunteers described experiences at the old department store, particularly the X-ray machine that was in the shoe department to measure feet for properly fitting shoes, and the cash carrier, which still is the item in the old building that garners reminiscences. The 110-year-old building has housed three department stores, most dominantly W.J. Hollands which was managed by Oscar B. Swanson for 44 years. It was considered the finest store in western Colorado and had 20-25 employees.
Among those present were Lale Jackson, who was Delta's librarian for 20 years, and Patsy Bruton, both among the founders of the original museum which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.
Virginia Harding, wife of the late Delta Mayor Bob Harding, recalled 31 years of volunteering. Dona Lee Cockroft shared that she was the bookkeeper at the Hollands store receiving money from the cash carrier. Donna Widner was a secretary in the law office on the second story.Nita Casto mused about a "historic" spittoon that was donated but later found to have been made in Taiwan.
Sherry Christie is of the Knob family, longtime farmers in Delta County; she is a lifetime member of the historical society and volunteered as a data input operator. Other volunteer hosts and hostesses attending were Art Cannon, Barbara Murdoch, Becky Zentz, Judy Wise and Sandy Baker.
Also presented was news of Duane Freeman's new book on the history of the Delta County Sheriff's Office. His wife, a genealogist, assisted in the book's research. It is available for purchase at the museum, which now has winter hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The museum will no longer be open on Saturday. This will relieve the responsibility of Eleanor Wagner, who has opened the museum on that day for a number of years.
Jo-an Barnett will be replacing longtime volunteer coordinator Bernice Musser. She said it has always been fun to serve, as there are so many interesting books to read and visitors to meet while volunteering. Those interested in becoming a volunteer can leave a message at the museum, 874-8721.blog comments powered by Disqus