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Location: Wallace, Michigan, United States

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These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Menominee County Heritage Museum needs younger old people

For many years my parents both volunteered for the Menominee County Historical Society, serving on the Board and being guides in the museum. Last fall my father passed away unexpectedly. Also, the museum curator Bill King who has been the mainstay of the museum has had health problems.

My mother is in charge of recruiting guides to the museum. Nearly all are retired people, and some are getting older and frailer.

What the museum (and others like it across America) really needs is some younger old people. New retirees, or people not yet retired, would be very welcome as volunteers even if they don't have a lot of free time. For example, my mother is always short on people willing to serve as substitute guides in the museum when the regular guides are sick. Even a person with a demanding full time job might be able to serve as a substitute guide once or twice over the course of the season on a day off.

I'm going to be serving as a museum guide once a week, taking the shift my dad used to have--- even though I'm far younger than the other guides. It's fun, I get to meet new people, and I'm helping out. I'm sure there are a lot of other people out there who have never really thought of volunteering for something like this, but who might have a great time doing it if they tried it.