Nicky Boulger grows in step with the Wyman Museum
December 24, 2010
Nicky Boulger contends she isn't as cool and collected as she appears.
"I'm actually kind of shy," Boulger said. "I get intimidated pretty easily. I'm not one to stand up for myself. But, this job has really helped."
Boulger, 36, has been office manager for the Wyman Museum since 2005. Her duties as office manager include planning events at the museum such as the annual Pumpkin Patch, Sheep Wagon Days and Winter Festival.
"I love planning the events," Boulger said. "That's probably one of my favorite things to do.
"I like watching people enjoy themselves. It's kind of neat to see that you've put all this hard work into something and somebody actually likes it."
However, Boulger said event planning wasn't something she had experience with before going to work at the museum.
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In fact, the only event she had planned occurred seven years earlier — her wedding.
Boulger said the wedding, which took place at her parents' home on Thompson Hill in Craig, was successful, albeit somewhat stressful.
"I was cool until the day of. I was stressed-out about chairs," she said laughing.
"Looking back at it, I stressed about little things that I shouldn't have. Now that I've been married this long, I should have said, 'Eh, it'll all work out.' … And, if I'd done as many events as I've done now, I definitely would have said, 'Eh, it'll all work out.'
Boulger was born in 1974 in Paducah, Ky. Her family moved to Craig a year later.
"I've been here ever since," she said.
Boulger attended Sunset and Ridgeview elementary schools, and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1993.
In school, Boulger played volleyball. She was also on the diving team for a brief time.
"I tried to be a diver for a year. That was quite comical. I wasn't very good at it," she said. "I'm a klutz. I'll admit it. Grace is not my forte."
During high school, at age 15, Boulger got a job at McCandless Animal Hospital.
"I cleaned kennels," she said of her early days at the animal hospital.
Boulger is a self-described animal lover.
"I've always loved animals," she said. "I was one of those kids who'd bring in a bird with a broken wing and put Band-Aids on it."
Today, Boulger has six horses, 12 dogs, two cats and an aquarium at her Craig home.
Boulger stayed at McCandless for 15 years. During that time, she worked her way up to a veterinary tech position.
Then, at age 30, Boulger gave birth to her daughter, Trinity.
With a baby in tow, Boulger needed to work fewer hours. Her employer, Neil McCandless, helped her find a new job.
"I knew Neil really well, and he was really good friends with Lou (Wyman)," Boulger recalled. "Neil said Lou was opening up a museum and needed someone to catalogue.
"That's how I ended up here. Kind of odd."
Boulger said the first Wyman Museum event was underwhelming compared to what she does now.
"The first event I did was a vintage antique snowmobile show. I remember, I just kind of came to help out," she said. "We had a whopping 11 sleds displayed throughout the day. That's all there was. There was no food, no entertainment, there were just the sleds.
"I guess I just kept adding."
Boulger estimates that she plans six to seven events every year. She said Wyman is supportive.
"My boss is pretty flexible," she said. "He lets me spout off my ideas, and he usually says, 'Whatever you want to do, go ahead.'
"He's open-minded, which is great."
Being a mother of a young child provides insight when planning family-oriented events, but it's not everything, Boulger said.
"I'm also young at heart," she said. "Small things entertain me."
Trinity likes the events, Boulger said, but the two seldom get to participate in them together.
"I feel a little guilty because I don't get to enjoy them with her," she said. "Usually my mom or friends have to take care of (Trinity) during an event."
Nonetheless, Boulger said she appreciates that her daughter gets to spend so much time at the museum.
"She definitely loves the museum," Boulger said. "It's like a second home to her.
"But, sometimes I have to remind her, 'This is a museum, and, no, you can't crawl on things.'"
Bolger said her confidence, like the events at the museum, has grown as the result of her work.
"I remember the first time I had to stand in front of the commissioners and ask for something," Boulger recalled. "I broke out in a rash, and it was hard to breathe.
"I've gotten better since then. And, this job has a lot to do with it."