President of the Association Museums New Brunswick Lynn Bard presents the 2011 Merit Award to Eugene Goodrich during the association's annual general meeting held in Moncton recently. Goodrich was nominated by fellow members of the Westmorland Historical Society for his more than 30 years of dedication and support to the preservation of history in the region. PHOTO SUBMITTED
A Sackville man has been honoured for his many years of support and dedication to the preservation of local history.
Eugene Goodrich, Professor Emeritus of History at Mount Allison, was the recipient of a Merit Award, presented by the Association Museums New Brunswick during its recent AGM in Moncton. Goodrich was nominated by several fellow members of the Westmorland Historical Society (WHS) for his many years of hard work and dedication to the organization.
A past president of the WHS, Alice Folkins said recently that it is important to recognize the work and dedication of volunteers.
"Eugene has played an important part in this organization for more than 30 years; seven of those he spent as president. He works hard at everything he does, whether it's scrambling eggs at a breakfast fundraiser, scraping and painting an old building or doing research for historical publications he writes for the society, Eugene gives it his all. We're certainly fortunate to have him as a member," she said.
Cole Morison, a director of the WHS and one of the three persons who supported Goodrich's nomination for the merit award, said in his nomination submission that Goodrich goes several steps further in his support of the society's projects and interests.
". . . Gene is always one of the first to volunteer for the Society's less-than-glamourous volunteer activities. In the spring he spent two weeks scrubbing and washing a â€˜soot-filled' restaurant, which was to open in three weeks . . ."
"As a member (of both WHS and the Tantramar Heritage Trust) Professor Goodrich has contributed in outstanding ways over many years to the success of two historical societies, and his efforts are, I believe, worthy of this important recognition by AMNB."
Throughout his years as a volunteer with the WHS and the THS, Goodrich has completed research important to the region, including such information as the Keillor family history and for a number of articles he has written for the The White Fence (newsletter of the Tantramar Heritage Trust) and the WHS newsletter. He has also researched and written two books - Stagecoach Days on the Westmorland Great Road (2010) and The Intellectual World of Josiah Wood (2009) - the proceeds of which go to promote the work of the historical societies.
Goodrich has also played a supportive role in the creation of works by other authors that are important sources of historical information on the local region.
"Gene has done so much for the society it's hard to think of all the things that he really does. He's just there when projects are underway, often in the background doing the toughest jobs. If anyone deserves an award of merit, he does," Folkins added.