For the love of history: Volunteer blends hobby, service at Clark museum

Published 11:21 am Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Boo Baldwin has always loved history.

It’s part of why volunteering at the Winchester’s Bluegrass History Museum is a good fit.

Baldwin, whose given name is Mary Louise, said she started volunteering at the museum when it opened years ago, but fell away.

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She got serious about volunteering about six years ago, after Sandy Stults became the museum director.

“When Sandy came on, I told her when I quit playing tennis….” Baldwin said. When she gave up playing tennis regularly, she became a volunteer at the museum.

“Thursday was the day they needed someone else, so that became my day,” she said. “I worked with Bill Blakeman. He showed me the ropes.”

Since then, she’s done a little of everything, including being a board member for the past five years.

“If something has to be put together, I usually do that,” she said. “I’ll give tours. I’ll help with the (Second Thursday) programs. Just about anything that needs to be done.”

In addition to her own fascination with history, Baldwin said she’s developed an interest in genealogy, which is something she’s been able to share with patrons.

“I just like it when people come in looking up stuff on their families,” she said. “I like to research things. That’s why I like genealogy. It’s like a little jigsaw puzzle.”

With the variety of exhibits and displays among the museum’s three floors, there’s plenty of information to glean, she said.

“I like all the people that work here,” she said. “You learn a little bit every week. It’s just a nice place to spend an afternoon.”

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