VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT – LYNN CROMER AND PENNY REID
Lynn Cromer joined the museum in 2014. As a young girl, Lynn vacationed with her family here on Amelia Island and later, as an adult, spent her summers camping at Fort Clinch. Upon retiring from teaching in Georgia, she and her husband bought a house in the historic district of downtown Fernandina. Interested in the history of Nassau County and Amelia Island, Lynn decided the Amelia Island Museum of History would be a great place to devote her free time while learning about our island’s fascinating history. "Living downtown is like living in history," says Lynn, who became one of the museum's morning greeters. After serving as a morning greeter for several years, Lynn was asked to become a chairperson for the museum's Holiday Home Tour (HHT), an annual fundraiser that highlights homes here on Amelia Island. Lynn served as co-chair for the HHT for the past two years and has done an amazing job. She now spends her extra time as a “garden angel” nurturing the history garden located directly behind the museum.
Thank you, Lynn, the museum is better and stronger for your continued support.
Penny Reid moved to the island in 2013 and quickly became involved with the museum at the urging of her brother, Harry Green, who was one of the museum’s docents sharing with visitors the Eight Flags Story. After hearing the story of the island, Penny stated "the history of this island is a microcosm of everything that has happened in the U.S. You can learn things about the native people, British, Spanish, Mexican, and French – things my teachers never taught me about our history." Penny believed the museum would be a good way to meet people and enjoy her retirement. She signed up to become a greeter and later a walking tour guide. Because of her success in accomplishing these tasks, she was asked to become a chairperson for the Holiday Home Tour. She joined Lynn as a co-chair, planning and managing the event for two years. Penny has discovered volunteerism is just the ticket for her. Not only does she volunteer at the museum, she also donates her time at other nonprofits such as Amelia Lifelong Learning and the Democratic Party.
Thanks, Penny, for everything you do to help the museum shine in spreading the history of our fair city to all our island visitors.