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Association recognizes county Rural Heritage Museum volunteer

March 08, 2007

The annual conference of the Small Museum Association was February 25-27 in Ocean City, Md. The Small Museum Association is an all volunteer organization serving hundreds of small museums throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and in nearby states.

At the annual conference's awards ceremonies, the Hunter-Burley Award for an individual's outstanding contributions to the advancement of public access and professional growth for an individual institution was presented to Dorry Baird Norris, a volunteer at Washington County's Rural Heritage Museum.

The award was described as being for a person who serves at an institution that is in the Mid-Atlantic region and whose primary field of discipline is culture, history, heritage or natural science. The award is for recognition of Small Museum Association peers. The recipient is for an individual, not a staff or organization.

Norris was awarded the honor because of the quality of contribution to the advancement of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum and to the small museum community. Norris was evaluated on her accomplishments and contributions to the museum. Her award recommendation cited her dedication, which has led to increased recognition for the museum. She has volunteered countless hours for various projects including: the Washington County Master Gardner Program and a new German garden exhibit at the museum's rural village, an exhibit called "Beyond the Battle" about the impact of the Civil War's battles on Washington County farms, and also helping create and lead the annual Washington County Museum Ramble.

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Norris is a member of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, and has planned several events at the Rural Heritage Museum. The museum is on Sharpsburg Pike, on the grounds of the Washington County Agriculture Education Center. The museum is open weekends from April through mid-December, from 1 to 4 p.m. and available for group and school tours by appointment. For more information about the museum, go to www.ruralheritagemuseum.org.

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