Posted: October 2, 2020 11:28 am
JAHA staff gathered for a (socially distanced) retirement luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 30, for Marcia Kelly (left) and Kim Baxter! The two honorees are pictured above, holding chocolates to commemorate the number of years they’ve spent with us — 43 years for Marcia, and 13 for Kim.
Marcia was JAHA’s second employee (our president, Richard Burkert, was the first), serving as our designer. She has worked in our archives and collections, designed JAHA exhibits, and created designs for everything from music festivals to children’s events. She remembers 1989, when the Johnstown Flood Museum opened after a major renovation, as being a high point of her career.
Kim, our vice president of operations and rentals, has served JAHA in a broad range of capacities throughout her 13 years with us. She has been in charge of rental events at all our facilities, visitor services at our museums, and a wide variety of operations duties, including managing bars at major special events like festivals. She says that headlining sets during the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival are highlights for her.
Marcia and Kim have both been with JAHA through such major milestones as the opening of the Johnstown Children’s Museum (2009), Peoples Natural Gas Park (2012), many new exhibitions, and countless festivals and special events, consistently and faithfully going above and beyond to further the goals of our organization. We will miss seeing them on a daily basis, but fortunately they both plan to continue to be involved with JAHA as volunteers.
The board and staff at JAHA thank them from the bottom of our collective hearts for their years of dedication, commitment and service. We wish them all the best in retirement!