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February 1, 2023

Keeping Gilroy’s history alive – it’s going to be up to all of us

Hats off to Connie Rogers and those who have stepped forward,
like Councilman Bob Dillon and Library Commissioner Phyllis
Armenta, to keep the Gilroy Museum staffed in the wake of deep city
budget cuts.
It’s going to take that kind of effort to keep things stable as
the economy takes its toll.
Hats off to Connie Rogers and those who have stepped forward, like Councilman Bob Dillon and Library Commissioner Phyllis Armenta, to keep the Gilroy Museum staffed in the wake of deep city budget cuts.

It’s going to take that kind of effort to keep things stable as the economy takes its toll.

Hopefully, the response to Rogers’ request to sign up to help staff the venerable building at the corner of Fifth and Church streets which brims with Gilroy’s past, will bear fruit.

Volunteers with just a wee bit of curiosity will certainly be able to fascinate themselves if business is slow with Gilroy’s history. And when swarms of third-grade school children come in, there will be plenty to do.

It’s also wonderful to read how, despite the layoff situation, Recreation Coordinator Susan Voss and part-time Museum Assistant Tom Howard are helping prepare for the transition to a volunteer force.

Staffing, of course, is one thing. Paying the electrical bill is another. Toward that end, the Gilroy Historical Society is establishing an endowment that will hopefully fund a trimmed expense list.

If you’d like to sign up to volunteer, you can download the two PDF files embedded in our story on the volunteer effort on our Web site, fill them out and send them in. Or call City Hall.

Donations to the endowment are, of course, most welcome.

At this point, it’s up to the community to keep Gilroy’s history accessible, and therefore alive. Volunteering would be a wonderful way to ring in the new year.

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