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NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey Mendota Museum and Historical Society president Bill Greenwood (left) presents retiring executive director Shirley Pierson with a gift in recognition of her work on behalf of the society as her husband, John Pierson watches. Pierson began as a volunteer at the Union Depot Railroad Museum in 1997 and has had several positions with the society before announcing her retirement on Oct. 1.
MENDOTA — Retiring Mendota Museum and Historical Society executive director Shirley Pierson was honored by members of the board during a luncheon Monday for her service to the society and the three museums.
Society president Bill Greenwood noted Pierson’s dedication to continuing education since starting her formal employment with the society in 2002 has benefited the museum’s growing collections.
“Shirley is just remarkable,” he said as he listed off the seminars, webinars and conferences she attended over the years.
The luncheon also offered other board members a chance to reflect on Pierson’s service.
“She has been there, moving us forward,” said Steve Dancey, board member. “My hat’s off to her.”
Pierson also shared a few favorite moments as director including the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, the James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok statue and dedication ceremony. “I enjoyed a lot of it,” she said.
“But Lois Hickok Nelson,” she continued, talking about one of Wild Bill’s descendants, “I will never forget Lois Hickok Nelson. She was a remarkable lady. She hung on until six weeks after the unveiling.”