M2: Museum volunteers have been in for the long haul
April 25, 2013
Craig — For two Craig women, volunteering is all about seeing something you want to be better, and helping to make it happen.
Delaine Voloshin and Barbara Baker, both longtime residents of Craig, have been part of major changes in the city through their volunteer work. Both women have their hands in several boards of directors, but their largest contribution of time has been to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
Voloshin has been a board member at the museum since 1984, when it was still a much smaller operation located in the Moffat County Courthouse.
"I can remember seeing it and liking a lot of what was there, but thinking they needed to do more," Voloshin said. "They didn't market (the museum) in any way or update it much. I just wasn't satisfied with the way it was run. They could do so much more, I thought."
So Voloshin got involved with the board and has reapplied whenever her time in a position was up.
Baker got started with the board a few years later, in 1988, but had helped out at the courthouse museum location before that.
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"I was working in the Assessor's Office, and we would help out with dusting or rearranging a display, whatever they needed, during our break time," Baker said. "The more I saw, the more interested I became. Now you can't beat me away."
In their capacity as board members, the ladies have filled a variety of roles and help with decision-making, event planning and other museum activities. They have seen the museum grow a great deal, including its move to the current location at 590 Yampa Ave.
"I think it has flourished since the move," Voloshin said. "It's such a source of pride for us now, because there is so much history here. It's a jewel to the community."
They are also quick to talk about the other board members and curators who have been invaluable to making that growth a reality.
Baker, who also is on the board of the Interfaith Food Bank, was a major contributor to the Buster Brown display currently at the museum. Her father, Richard Barker, was a traveling representative for the Brown Shoes Company before moving to the Snake River Valley.
Barker helped author a book about her father's story to go along with the display, which is available at the museum now. It is another story from Northwest Colorado that Barker believes is important to preserve.
"We want to do more oral histories, just get people telling their stories from Moffat County," she said. "We're losing some of them and losing that history."
For both women, the urge to volunteer came out of wanting to see something good become great. Voloshin thinks that attitude can be adopted by anyone for whatever sparks their interest.
"If there's something you see that you don't like, get involved," she said. "I like to encourage people to volunteer. There are so many ways to do it. Take an interest you have, and develop it into something."
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com