Congratulations to our 2014 National Museum of Wildlife Art Volunteer of the Year, Marsha Wackerly!
Between spearheading the production of the monthly Volunteer Newsletter, creating and managing the Volunteer Calendar and Directory, helping to maintain the Volunteer Website, and creating an extremely detailed and efficient database to record and analyze the Museum’s volunteer hours, Marsha really does it all! In addition to providing such critical support for volunteer program administration, Marsha provides special projects assistance to a variety of departments, including Membership & Development, Programs & Events, and Curatorial. Marsha serves as a member of the Volunteer Leadership Committee and is our newest inductee into the Wyoming Sage Society, a recognition of her gift of over 500 hours of service to the Museum as of last year.
We cannot possibly thank you enough, Marsha!
Mary Jane Bradbury performing as Nancy Russell at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
This week Mary Jane Bradbury, talented speaker, educator and actress treated Museum audiences to some first person interpretation in the persona of Nancy Cooper Russell, wife of famed “Cowboy Artist” Charles M. Russell (1864 –1926.) This well studied, intuitive actress provided tremendous interpretation to our exhibit Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell.
I was reminded of the power of storytelling as a teaching tool. Who doesn’t love compelling stories from a life well- lived? Nancy Russell’s life story includes a rise from poverty, discrimination, chance romance, stubborn determination, and valuable lessons learned. Stories provide the best kind of inspiration. Charlie himself, as a boy, skipped school to go down to the docks in St. Louis to hear travelers’ tales of the Wild West. Personal narratives motivated him to go west himself. Charlie’s own life experiences are told through his compelling paintings and sculptures. All art has a story to tell. Visit the Museum and get inspired!
By Jane Lavino, Sugden Family Curator of Education & Exhibits