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Volunteers give over 1,300 hours to Walker Tavern Historic Site

Contact: Laurie Perkins, 517-241-0731
Agency: Natural ResourcesOct. 1, 2013

Thirteen volunteers from Hillsdale, Lenawee, Jackson and Washtenaw counties will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 5, for each giving more than 100 hours of volunteer service to Walker Tavern Historic Site in Brooklyn, Mich.

"Some of these individuals have contributed far more than 100 hours, which is an extraordinary effort and very much appreciated," said Laurie Perkins, site manager.

Bonnie McJennett, president of the Friends of Walker Tavern, congratulated the volunteers on their dedication to Walker Tavern Historic Site. "There is always something exciting to do at the site and I appreciate the enthusiasm and willingness of our volunteers to assist with our activities."

This past summer, volunteers worked with school programs and participated in site events, such as the Civil War weekend, car show and Frontier and Stagecoach Days. They also ran the farmers market, operated the Mercantile Store, planted flowers and gave tours of the site. "We are looking forward to a very ambitious schedule of events in 2014 and would enjoy adding new members and volunteers to our Walker Tavern family," said McJennett.

"The Friends of Walker Tavern have enriched the experience of our visitors for years," said Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center. "We value not only their time, but also the creative energy and passion they bring to our partnership."

Anyone interested in getting more information about the Friends of Walker Tavern or becoming a member or volunteer should call Laurie Perkins at 517-241-0731.

Walker Tavern is one of 11 nationally accredited museums administered by the Michigan Historical Center, an agency within the Department of Natural Resources. It is located at the junction of US-12 and M-50, east of Jackson. For more information, call 517-467-4401 or visit www.michigan.gov/walkertavern.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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