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Vital volunteers: Museum honors those who help out

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By John Barnhart

    “Thank God for the people who help us,” said Doug Cooper, the Bedford Museum’s manager. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

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    Cooper was speaking at the Museum’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.
    According to Cooper, the Museum has received a lot of donated photos and documents and all of these have to be catalogued. Cooper said that the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust has provided grants that help with this process, but volunteers are vital.
    “It’s a long process,” said Cooper
    Cooper said that cataloging 10 items in a day is the most that one person can do.
    He also took the occasion to call attention to the summer program that the museum has for children every Friday in the summer. Jennifer Thomson, the museum’s genealogical librarian, runs this program which completed its fourth year this past summer.
    “We teach local history,” Cooper said.