In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teers Help­ing at Mu­seum

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

There are five of them, and they each trav­elled a long way to help the Old Stone House Mu­seum.

Last Sun­day they ar­rived from Poland and Ger­many, Texas and Korea on an ad­ven­ture to the NEK.

None had ever vis­ited Ver­mont be­fore but thought that work­ing at a His­tory Mu­seum sounded worth­while and maybe even fun. Heidi was a high school teacher, Sab­rina is a study­ing to be a high school teacher of English and Latin. Mingee will be a nurse and Natalia will be a doc­tor in Poland when she com­pletes her stud­ies.

Christin is look­ing for­ward to teach­ing lit­tle chil­dren in Ger­many. What they have in com­mon is cu­rios­ity about the world and the de­sire to lead use­ful lives. Vol­un­teers for Peace is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that matches in­ter­ests, needs and peo­ple mo­ti­vated to help out by par­tic­i­pat­ing in “work camps”. They ac­cept vol­un­teers from 99 coun­tries around the world and the US of­fice is lo­cated in Burling­ton, Ver­mont. It has been al­most a year since Old Stone House in­vited a group to come to Brown­ing­ton, in­di­cat­ing the amount of plan­ning re­quired.

So far these vol­un­teers have cheer­fully helped clean the Stone House and scrape and paint it’s ceil­ing. They have helped move ar­ti­facts for a new ex­hibit from the old barn to the new barn raised this sum­mer.

That was heavy work. They have stacked win­ter fire­wood for a 102 year old neigh­bor ( see the pic­ture) and cat­a­loged old books from the mu­seum col­lec­tion. They’ll be work­ing in the gar­dens and re­pair­ing the hand­i­capped ramps be­fore they go too. Lo­cal news­pa­pers and Ver­mont’s his­tory books have been pro­vided for them and quite a few out­ings have been gen­er­ously or­ga­nized by mu­seum mem­bers and friends. Two weeks is not a long time to get to know a place but we hope we’ll pro­vide them with ex­pe­ri­ence of NEK way of life and a lot of mem­o­ries to take with them.

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