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Historical society director retiring

December 06, 1998

Marge PetersBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: YVETTE MAY / staff photographer




Marjorie S. Peters, who is stepping down as executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, was honored Sunday at the annual holiday tea at the Miller House.

Sunday was the first time organizers could remember anyone being honored during the event, which began in the late 1960s.

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"I feel very humble and honored," said Peters, 65. She has been director for 23 years.

"It is time to have some leisure," she said. Her last day as director is Dec. 31.

Usually for the event, the rooms in the house are decorated separately by local garden clubs. This year, though, all of the decorations were done by local florist Denny Warrenfeltz. He is a historical society board member and a former gardener at the Miller House.

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"It is a way of thanking her," he said. Peters has been a wonderful person to work with, he said.

Henry Miller agreed. "She was very dedicated," he said.

"We are going to miss her terribly. It just won't be the same without her," Winnie Miller said.

Henry Miller, his brother, Vic, and their wives donated two-thirds of their home to the historical society in 1966. They thought the public would enjoy seeing it, Miller said.

This year the house had a record number of visitors, Peters said.

She moved to Washington County around 1974 because her husband, Ken, was offered a job as a plant manager at Pangborn Corp. After four months she decided she wanted a job, so she went looking for one, she said. She ended up working for the historical society and has worked there ever since.

"She has enjoyed it and I think it was a work of love," said her husband, Ken. "I don't think anybody can give it more then she has given. I'm extremely proud of this lady."

Many people have been complimenting and thanking her lately, including the Washington County Commissioners at their Nov. 10 meeting.

"The people here have been so kind to me," she said.

Someone told her that she can now consider herself a Washington County native, even though she was 41 when she moved here. She considers that a great compliment.

Retiring may be the wrong word, though, for what Peters is doing.

"She'll be around," Henry Miller predicts.

While she and her husband may take more vacations, including going to see his family in England, she will still be involved with many groups, she said.

She remains involved in various organizations, including serving on the Washington County Historical Advisory Committee, the Washington County Millennium Committee and the Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Center.

She is also president of Y-ME of the Cumberland Valley, a breast cancer support group.

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