Volunteer of the Month - Sue Boland

Sue Boland, our Senior Docent, began as a volunteer with the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in 2000 and her list of volunteer tasks over the ensuing eleven years is endless, including conducting tours, speaking to over 100 groups, presenting professional papers at conferences,  research, transcription, database entry, layout, serving on committees, training docents, and willingly taking up thankless tasks like mailings and maintenance.

Sue Boland

Some highlights of the career of this invaluable volunteer are:

* Sue co-coordinated two major Gage birthday celebrations, assisted with two fundraising auctions and two “Weekends with Matilda.” She co-created the 2002 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the 1852 National Woman’s Rights Convention held in Syracuse, co-authoring program and proclamations and editing and adapting the proceedings of the original convention to create a reenactment of the events.

* She curated an exhibit of the first public showing of L. Frank Baum photos which has been displayed at four venues. She catalogued the Fred Meyer Collection of Oz Memorabilia and coordinated events for “We’re Off to Read the Wizard,” a 2003 collaboration with the Fayetteville Free Library.  She created the first ever Gage/Baum Family driving tour of the Syracuse area.

* Working with a Syracuse University art professor, Sue wrote a successful grant proposal to the New York State Council on the Arts for an exhibit, “Sites Re-Seen.” She coordinated publicity for the exhibit and wrote the final report.

* Three of the booklets in the Foundation’s reader’s series:  Woman As Inventor, The Dangers of the Hour, and Fayetteville’s First Woman Voter; owe their existence to Sue’s editing, coordinating and writing skills. A major scholar of Gage, she compiled an extensive Gage bibliography and wrote an outstanding biographical entry for the Dictionary of American Radical and Reform Writers.

* Sue is currently preparing the nomination for recognition of the Gage Home as a National Historic Landmark.

We can say in truth that the Gage Center would not be where it is today without the extraordinary skills, dedication and hard work of Sue Boland.

Thank you, Sue, for all your many gifts to Matilda!

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