The Lycoming County Historical Society recognized one of its volunteers as "Volunteer of the Year" at its 2023 annual meeting. Bruce Rogers received the award from President Seth Burch.
In making the award, President Burch said the following:
Bruce Rogers was born and raised in Lycoming County and has always had in interest in history, including past events of our region. Bruce started volunteering at the Historical Society in 2016. Having building maintenance skills and experience, we are lucky to have him sit on our Facilities Committee. Over the past year, he has spent a fair amount of time investigating our water issues, which include water leaks in the roof over our Community Room and drainage problems in our parking lot. Always up for a challenge, Bruce most recently built a platform and suspension system to exhibit the L.L. Stearns papier-mâché bell for last year's holiday exhibit. Bruce has also built cases and stands for some of the other exhibits in the Museum, and has helped transport several objects to the Museum. Bruce has been seen changing lightbulbs throughout the building, fixing flooring and, along with his wife Jeanne, even trimming the tree for the holidays.
In addition, Bruce also volunteers his time as a tour guide for both children and adult tours. Dressed as a lumberjack, he also participated in last year's Trick-Or-Treat day at the Museum, where he talked about the history of lumbering and handed out treats to families as they made their way through the Museum.
Having completed the Associate program in Building Construction Technology at the former Williamsport Area Community College, Bruce spent ten years as a carpenter/mason and thirty-two years in public school district maintenance. In addition to history, Bruce enjoys a variety of interests, including reading, and he is a member of the North Central Chapter #8 for the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology.
Married for the past forty-six years to his best friend, Jeanne, together they enjoy the experience of watching the families of their four children make their own histories.
Thank you, Bruce Rogers, for all you do for the Museum!