How to be President of a Historical Society

I wonder, as President of a historical society, if my primary job isn’t to raise the consciousness of fellow board members about what it is that they are CHOOSING to love. It is correct in my mind, to point out that paint tools, and containers have no place on an unprotected artifact (aka, a trunk from the Lane Family descendants). I see it as a blatant disrespect to the Lane Family, to the descendants who donated them, and to the membership and community members who support the society. And I really don’t give a crap that the word “boundary” is a trigger word. Its an issue when an artifact is so disrespected. Am I stickler for detail? You better believe that when it comes to protecting the past, so that we might better define our present and future, you better damn well believe it!!! I need to step down as President. I am hurting people’s feelings I guess. But, I see it as my job to point things out so that they do not happen again. I try to do it carefully because I know that the new folks are learning about how to be ‘in love’ with the artifacts they have committed to protect. I never even called anyone out personally. I sent out a general notice. My term lasts approximately 2 more years. I want to try and finish it up. Then I will go my own way.

About PeggyAnn

Professional PC Consultant, Researcher, & avid people watcher, Peggy Ann Rowe started into her genealogical quest at age 15 after watching the mini-series, "Roots" with her parents. This new obsession has fueled her love of history, & study of cultures & societies in every epoch. Today she is 57 years old with four kids who are all grown up (& all have flown the coop). In between her 'gigs' with clients she volunteered at many different non-profits. Former President, Secretary, and Director at Large on the board of the Douglas County Historical Society for 10+ years, and former Secretary at the Cloverdale Historical Society (Sonoma County) for nearly 10 years. This website is an attempt to share the knowledge she has gained about her family ties with others who may be interested in the same things. She does not guarantee 100% accuracy and does hope that you will send corrections. To learn more about her, click the "about" button in the page menu. Thanks! Another goal of this website is to disseminate a message (i.e. education) about domestic violence, child abuse, and all forms of sexual abuse to society at large. The message comes from real experience from the whole spectrum of the violence from sexual abuse by a perpetrator to sexual abuse perpetrated by a husband, to the abuse of children within the family. Peggy has seen it, lived it, and been hurt by it. There will on occasion be details that might be hard for some people to read, and a warning is usually posted at the beginning of the essay so that those who want to turn and not read may do so. The only way to teach and to let others learn what to avoid is to SHARE what happened with every detail necessary to make the point. Thank you.
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