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            During 2016 and 2017, thirteen volunteers contributed many hours of service to the Washington County Archives. These volunteers were honored for that service at the department’s first ever Volunteer Appreciation Day held at the archives on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017.

           Since July 1, 2016 to the present, volunteers have given over 1,800 hours of their time in service to the archives. This is the equivalent of having another full-time employee for 48 weeks or almost one year! Active volunteers during the period included Mike Briggs, Georgia Greer, Janette Guinn, Shirley Hinds, Margaret Hougland, Betty Jane Hylton, Gary and Mary Alice Irwin, Kyle Johnson, Jessica Newell, Lisa Shockley, Jewell Susong, and Nancy Trivett.

          County Archivist Ned Irwin presented each volunteer with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the county and the department signed by County Mayor Dan Eldridge and Irwin. A trivia game involving questions from the archives holdings and Washington County history was played; there was good conversation; wonderful refreshments; and much fun was had by all. And after all the fun, they all went back to work.

          The archives could not function as effectively as it does without the help of these volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers to join them. If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact Ned Irwin at 753-0393 or email him at

See photos of the party by clicking on:  Volunteers and Staff

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