The Oneida County History Center has named Joan Klossner 2020-21 Volunteer of the Year.  Volunteers are essential to the daily operation and long-term care of the organization, and are an invaluable asset to the community.  Joan was chosen for her enduring contributions to the History Center by her co-volunteers, staff, and the Board of Directors.

Joan Klossner has been a History Center volunteer for fourteen years with contributions spanning from co-authoring books to identifying photographs.  She started to volunteer after retirement from the Holland Patent School District, where she worked as an English teacher for twenty-one years. She decided to volunteer to help fill time and chose the History Center based on her family connections to the area. She thought this match was a good fit as a fourth generation Utican.

Joan has contributed to almost every area of the History Center and has worked on numerous projects. Her first big task was to sort and organize the photo collection. Today, her volunteer to-do list includes chipping away at a group effort to date, identify, and organize the digital photo collection, along with processing memberships, writing weekly social media posts, and assisting visitors in the research library. Joan also has impacted the local history literature. She co-authored Oneida County: An Illustrated History and is the author of three History Center publications including Utica Streets: A Stroll in History, South Utica: From Suburb to City, and Color Oneida County.

Aside from her obvious enjoyment of history, Joan enjoys learning. She finds volunteering rewarding because she is constantly learning something new. There is always a discovery hidden in the archives or a mystery to solve. Her favorite aspects of the job are the people she works alongside, and the process and discovery involved in her activities. Her other interests include painting, quilting, and spending time with her 3 sons, and four grandchildren.

The History Center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like to thank and recognize Joan Klossner for her dedicated service to the History Center and the community.  We are grateful for enduring, enthusiastic volunteers like Joan. Without them, we simply would not exist.

The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations. Please contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website (www.oneidacountyhistory.org) for additional information.


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