Volunteers at the Museum
Bob Hafer is a retired US Army Master Sergeant and self educated computer and “tech wizard.” He claims he’s a “gofer,” (you know, go fer this and go fer that,) but his skills exceed far beyond the numerous errands he runs for us.Bob spends many a waking hour volunteering at the Museum making sure all our tech needs are taken care of. According to Bob, his tools are his “brain, screwdriver and USB flash drive.”
Nadine Greene has been volunteering with the Ravalli County Museum since 1994
Carefully tracking and cataloging items that come in and go out of the Museum is one of the invaluable services Nadine provides. She is also happy to provide a much needed break for anyone working the reception desk by answering phones and managing guest services.
Selma Durbin has been an integral part of the Museum since 2007.
She’s the one you see when you come through the doors and she always greets you with a smile. No matter the task, she is always willing to lend a hand. She spends many an hour folding brochures, cutting fliers and stuffing envelopes. She also patiently and effectively trains other staff and volunteers in the procedures at the front desk, from proper interaction with the public to running the point-of-sale system.
Mike McEachern has been a valuable volunteer at the Museum since 2007. His skills that came from being a computer systems analyst lend well to our tech needs and his background in archaeology gave him a love for things of the past. Along with archival work and tech support, Mike also takes part in exhibit research and set up.
When asked why he loves this Museum, he’ll tell you, “I’m a history buff, I like old things.”
Kent Stenzel volunteers in the archives department He is here regularly, taking care of the organization of our card files, scanning various documents and papers and archiving important stories and obituaries.
In his words, the Museum is a “great place with a great staff and a great opportunity to share with others the beauty of the Bitter Root’s Ravalli County, Hamilton, and the wonderful people who shaped this area.”
Ken develops and maintains scanning protocols for the Ernst Peterson Photograph Collection, trains staff and volunteers on scanning procedures, and scans images to archival standards.
“Volunteering at the Museum is a pleasure and is rewarding. The Peterson photo Collection is large, diverse, and worthy of digital archiving.”