From The Director’s Desk: Gratitude

The universe has a way of reminding us that life is short and that we should not take anything for granted. I’m sure each one of us could list a LOT of things we didn’t even realize we took for granted until this pandemic (such as the mundane act of shaking someone’s hand).

I received another kind of reminder a few weeks ago when I had a stroke. Thanks to the prompt action of many people (and the availability of modern medicine and both a regular ambulance and an air ambulance helicopter—our pioneer ancestors had no such advantages!), I was soon on the mend, and am happy to be back at work. I’m deeply grateful for all off the support I’ve received from the Sharlot Hall Museum family of board, staff, and volunteers.

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our long-time volunteer Richard Maurer. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to get to know Richie a little, but disappointed I didn’t get to recognize his 25 years of volunteer service at our upcoming Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Our volunteers remain the lifeblood of the Sharlot Hall Museum. My husband recently joined the volunteer pool and is loving his Living History post in the Blacksmith Shop.

Though this virus continues its unremitting assault on the world, we at the Sharlot Hall Museum remain committed to giving our visitors a welcoming and meaningful experience with Arizona history.

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