April 9, 2008 - Union County Historical Society Volunteer Orientation in Blairsville, Georgia
The Union County Historical Society 2008 Volunteer Orientation was recently held at the Mock House and Mountain Life Museum (one block south of the Historical Courthouse). Union County Historical Society President Sam Ensley and other staff members welcomed seasoned volunteers and newcomers to the orientation.
Ensley talked about different areas where volunteers are needed including everything from masonry and landscaping workers to museum tour guides. Volunteers were urged to choose positions according to individual interests and skills. Ensley said, "Volunteers don't have to commit to long hours. An hour here or a couple of hours there is greatly appreciated."
Ensley also told about three new exhibits that are currently underway at the Historical Courthouse including a Union County Sports and Recreation exhibit, an Indian artifact exhibit, and a Union County Music exhibit. All three will be extraordinary additions to the museum.
The Union County Music exhibit will feature artifacts and records by Union County songwriters and performers including Fred Rich and other local personalities. One of Earl Johnson's fiddles will be on display (a painting of it currently hangs in the Mock House).
The Union County Historical Society utilizes staff and volunteers to host numerous events throughout the year, to run the museum, and to help in the gift shop. The Mountain Marketplace, the Bluegrass Festival, the Friday Night Concert Series, and decorating for Christmas are just a few of scheduled activities planned for 2008.The Union County Historical Society is actively seeking donations for the Elevator Project. An elevator is needed so that elderly and handicapped visitors can get upstairs to the courtroom. When finished, the elevator will be a much welcomed addition to the historic building. All donations are tax deductible.
Union County Historical Society Volunteer Orientation and Brunch
The Union County Historical Society recently held an orientation and brunch at the restored Butt-Mock Home. Volunteers were given a packet of useful information and encouraged to sign up for specific positions.
Volunteers are utilized for various duties including host/hostess, refreshment committee, telephone committee, and minor repair and maintenance committees. Volunteers are responsible for greeting visitors at the Historical Courthouse Museum and at the Mountain Life Museum. They help out at special events including music concerts and festivals.
Sam Ensley, Union County Historical Society President, greeted volunteers and welcomed everyone to the meeting. He explained various projects and announced the resignation of Director Steve Oakley.
Steve Oakley expressed his fondness for Blairsville, Georgia and admitted that he may move back to the area for retirement. His many friends wished him well in his new endeavors. Steve, Jean, and Graham Oakley have become well known for their devotion to preserving the local history of Union County. They will be greatly missed.