Monday, August 25, 2014
Volunteer at the Kaminski House Museum and Stewart-Parker House
Native of Long Island, N.Y.
North Litchfield Beach resident for six years
Attended Northrop Institute of Technology in Las Angeles, Calif., studying engineering.
Worked in data processing for several engineering companies.
Retired as a data systems analyst for Library of Congress
What do you do for the museum?
I have volunteered for four years on Wednesday afternoons in the gift shop, running the cash register and doing odd jobs from time to time.
In the Stewart-Parker House, all of the furniture are reproductions and I do minor repairs.
I am also restoring a 100-year-old model ship that was tucked away in Harold Kaminskiís bedroom.
It is a model of a four-masted barque covered with cigar smoke residue and dust.
It has been there so long that the rigging has deteriorated.
It is a lot of fun.
I fill in when people go to lunch when Iím working on it, so I only get to make repairs on the ship for an hour or so a week.
It will be displayed in the museum when I am finished.
The ship is in the kitchen now and sometimes when they give tours, I am in there working, so Iím on display too.
What do you like about volunteering?
It is one of those places where you get to meet a lot of people, especially out-of-town people.
We meet people from all around the country and the world.
Iím not a big history buff, but I do enjoy telling people about the houses.
What should people know about the two houses?
First of all they are both pre-Revolutionary War houses, standing since then.
The Kaminski House has one of the finest collections of antique furniture with many 18th century mahogany antiques.
Both houses are historic with lots of sites to see.
Tours are guided by docents who are excellent at what they do.
Iím not sure how many people end up in that end of town.
Iíve met people who didnít realize these two historic houses are here.
A lot of times people end at the S.C. Maritime Museum but there are things to see all the way down Front Street and museums are an important part of that.
Do you volunteer with other organizations?
I am a volunteer rain watcher for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, run by University of Colorado.
They have rain stations all over country.
Each morning I record how much rainfall we had in the last 24 hours.
I report to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
They do Doppler radar out of Wilmington, N.C.
I use a standard rain guage provided by Georgetown County.
I have done that now for four years.
Can you tell us about your family?
My wife, Carolyn, is a docent at the Kaminski House
She is a retired program analyst with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
We are both there on Wednesdays.
We have two married daughters.
Pam is a school teacher in Burlington, N.C..
She has two daughters, Elise and Anne.
Christine is a property assessor for the City of Fairfax, Va, and lives in Markham, Va. with her husband, Luke, and their four kids, Mary, Katie, Megan and Luke.
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