Recognizing Outstanding Volunteers

The Marlborough Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization whose members dedicate countless hours to historic preservation, education, and celebration here in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Gene Schneider

Gene Schneider, who was a Society member and leader for more than 25 years, resigned from the board on August 12, 2008 , days before his move to western Massachusetts.

The Board and Longtime Members Join to Thank Gene Schneider - August 12, 2008

Pictured with Gene in front are, President Janet Licht, and former board member Joan Abshire.  Behind them are, from left, Jack Gracey, Arlene Cintolo, Sid Brigham, Sue Brigham, Elna Headberg, Peggy Kelley, Glenn Foley, Bob Kane, Cliff Avey, Alice Mulvey, Jeannette Pollard, and Lee Wright.

More than a quarter-century of service

At the time of his resignation, Gene was serving as the Society's treasurer and head of the building committee, responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the historic Peter Rice Homestead (1688).

Throughout his more than quarter-century of service, Gene was one of the Society's most active volunteers and was the longest-serving board member when he resigned at the age of 80.

Gene and his wife joined the Society in the 1970s.  He served as president of the Society from 1986 to 1988, and as the Society's secretary, treasurer, and head of the Society's building committee for many years.

He also compiled and published an index to the 488-page book, Historical Reminiscences of the Early Times in Marlborough, Massachusetts, by Ella Bigelow, making the book a more valuable resource for all.

For years Gene volunteered at least one day a week at the homestead, and any time there was a special meeting or event, he was usually the first one there and the last to leave.  In addition, Gene helped visitors and researchers who came to tour the homestead or use the Society's archives.

Gene Schneider made an invaluable contribution to the Marlborough Historical Society and to our community, and for that we are deeply grateful.

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