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Historical Society curator moving on after 12 years

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mary Moore was given a plaque to commemorate her 12 years of service during a surprise party in her honor Monday. Clay Cunningham Photo. [Order this photo]
The Clay County Historical Society said goodbye to one of its own at an impromptu party Monday.

Mary Moore, who has served as the societies' curator for the last 12 years, announced recently she intended to resign from her post. Moore's reasoning was she simply felt it was time to get someone else in to learn the job.

To commemorate the end of her tenure, the Historical Society threw Moore a surprise party as a send off at the end of its monthly meeting. Members of her family entered the facility 15 minutes into the meeting and the celebration took place immediately following, featuring a buffet spread of entrée and dessert items.

Moore was given a plaque and a gift of an undisclosed monetary reward. She was also given a lifetime membership to the museum.

When presenting her with the certificate, Historical Society President Vickie Mace joked Moore was "stuck with (the society) until you're gone."

Moore said what she enjoyed most about her time with the organization was meeting all the people who came in. She said the museum's location off of United States 40 helped create a decent flow of traffic for the various displays. She also served as a tour group organizer and said she enjoyed giving tours to various age groups, ranging from senior citizens to class field trips.

Moore said she hoped to travel with her newfound free time, but has yet to pinpoint a destination. And though her resignation was abrupt, she said she had nothing but fond memories from her time with the Historical Society.

"I have enjoyed my time here," Moore said. "I had a lot of help and (the society) did a lot of different things. I enjoyed (my time here) very much."

Mace said she was disappointed about Moore's departure but she was happy to have had the pleasure to work with her during the past several years.

"She has been a dedicated employee and a godsend to the museum," Mace said after awarding Moore her plaque. "We are sad to see her go, but we wish her well."

Mace said a replacement for the now vacant curator position has yet to be decided. She said she hoped to find someone within the society's membership. If one cannot be found, she said the organization would advertise for a permanent replacement.

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Good luck to you Mary, you were the best! Even though it's been a year or more since I've been in the museum, I'll never forget your kindness & enthusiasim in helping me research the old house on N. Meridian St. and the old 'Brazil Hollow Brick & Tile Co.' Your knowledge of the history of the old post office and tour of the building was a fascination in itself. I only hope your replacement can match your un-ending dedication to the job of being Clay County's history keeper and that your retirement will be a long & happy one! God Bless!!

-- Posted by T. H. McCrea on Wed, Mar 4, 2009, at 10:39 AM

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