'Preserving Our Heritage'
30 Years of the Millet and District Historical Society
By: Kathryn Ivany
Available for Purchase @ Millet Museum Gift Shop
or to borrow @ www.milletlibrary.ca
The choice of Jean Scott as the subject for the Succession Memories project was inspired not only because of her long years of membership. Her leadership qualities and vision for the organization inspire others, and, perhaps because of her education background, she has been able to mentor others’ leadership skills. Jean, in turn, was mentored by Helen Moonen who emphasized and modeled the art of communication, delegation (or as Tracey Leavitt phrases it, “giving everyone their own piece of the pie”), and recognition of individuals’ unique contributions. Because the directors of the Millet and District Historical Society have set themselves a common goal – to preserve their community’s history - and they work within a set of values which emphasizes good community relationships (family, friendship and fun) they have created an environment where they are able to transform their vision of a historically aware community into action. Despite being a basically volunteer run, not-for-profit operation, the Millet and District Museum and Archives have been recognized within the Alberta heritage community as model for others. Their thirty years of history and experience in the Museum field is only the beginning. Future directors and volunteers, imbued with the spirit of community service will continue to serve and follow in the footsteps of the early leaders of the Millet and District Historical Society.