The leaves are tumbling

Yes, I admit it. I tend to focus on the women quilters when writing this blog. They are such a remarkable group and I could listen to their stories, watch their meticulous sewing for hours and hours, never growing tired of it.  I appreciate so much what they each give – Cathryn’s advice, Lynda’s organization, Joan’s stories, Bev’s energy.  But there are men as well who help make the Historical Village what it is. Gary sets up the volunteers for the museum which means finding people to fill in slots every single day from late May until early September.  Everyday fromimg_2100 1:00 – 5:00pm a volunteer needs to be at the Village to open the buildings, talk to visitors, tidy up the museum and Gary makes sure this happens.  And then there is Darris who attends meetings and helps with organizing the historical facts.  Who did what when and where was that old photograph taken?  Darris always knows these sorts of things. Lewis and John help a lot with building maintenance and constructing things that are needed. They tend to be quieter. I must admit I don’t often hear their stories but they are always ready to lend a hand and a smile.

It seems as we start another winter season that it is only right to recognize these men who help keep the Village going.  The women will quilt all winter on Fridays, plan rummage sales, discuss this and that, laugh at Mary Louise’s jokes or the antics of Joan’s cats.  The men who are part of the Tobacco Valley Board of History are mightily appreciated though and deserve recognition.  Thank you, gentlemen!

About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

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