Welcome to the
SPOTLIGHT on Volunteers
Kathy Bade has worked at the PCHS Museum since she retired after 35 years from the Sandstone hospital. Kathy’s career consisted of business and medical records, transcription, coding, and finally as a Health Information Technical supervisor. In March of 2013, on the Wednesday following her retirement, she started volunteering at the museum!
Kathy originally started working at the museum front desk but quickly moved into other areas needing support – particularly in the artifacts and accessions areas.
Because of her grant work at the hospital, she helped with the PCHS museum team on a grant for the mural on the outside of the building. Since then, she has become the primary resource for museum grants. She received some training and consulting from the MN Historical Society on grant writing and “pays forward” her skills by being a resource for other individuals needing help and knowledge in grant writing. Kathy is currently working on a grant to get shelving, and other items needed to rehouse the museum artifacts – in particular, the textiles – to preserve and protect them from damage.
As the museum inventory project director, Kathy and her team are conducting a wall-to-floor inventory of all contents and entering the data into a collections archiving software. The inventory, started in Nov 2014, is a phased process, working on specific rooms. So far, they have completed the Politics, Automotive, and Religion rooms and are currently working on the Cities room. After that, they will tackle the Train room. Kathy’s team is also in charge of the museum accessions. As new items come in, they sort, tag and store the new pieces, and/or set up the displays.
Kathy typically spends about 2 days a week at the museum and also volunteers as a Sunday school teacher in Bruno. Outside the museum, she keeps herself busy with hobbies such as quilting, gardening, scrapbooking and reading.
We thank Kathy for her hard work and dedication. Without volunteers like her, the museum and its contents would not be as well organized or preserved.
If you are interested in volunteering in the artifacts, accessions or display areas, please contact the PCHS Museum (320-838-1607) and ask for Kathy Bade. We would love to add you to our PCHS family!