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Dr. Krysta Dennis Receives the Mynderse Award published August 20, 2019


Historic Cherry Hill is pleased to announce that Dr. Krysta Dennis has been selected to receive the 2019 Helen Mynderse Volunteer Award.

In early 1992, the Historic Cherry Hill Board of Trustees voted to establish an annual “Helen Mynderse Volunteer Award” to commemorate Miss Mynderse’ outstanding contributions to the museum’s growth.  Throughout her association with Cherry Hill, Miss Mynderse demonstrated genuine concern for and commitment to the institution.  A distant relative of the Cherry Hill family, Miss Mynderse served on the founding Board of Trustees of Historic Cherry Hill and for numerous years thereafter.  Miss Mynderse died in 1990, leaving a significant bequest to the museum, including Van Rensselaer family furniture and a generous financial contribution which enabled the museum to establish a fund for the maintenance and preservation of the Cherry Hill structure.

Historic Cherry Hill is helped in innumerable ways by all of its volunteers, making the selection process difficult.  All volunteers are eligible for this annual award, including interpreters, curatorial assistants, researchers, museum teachers, buildings and grounds assistants, library assistants committee members, receptionists and Board members.

Among the criteria used in the selection process are:

¨ The individual has gone “above and beyond” his or her assigned volunteer duties.

¨ He or she has made significant contributions to establishing Historic Cherry Hill as a respected and viable institution within the community and/or museum field.

This year’s recipient is board member, Dr. Krysta Dennis.  By day the Producer of Creative Arts at Siena College, Krysta joined the board in 2018. Already, Krysta has significantly contributed to Historic Cherry Hill’s public profile and reputation in the museum field by partnering with Cherry Hill on innovative theater-based programming and by building relationships between the museum and other important collaborators, such as Northeast Theatre Ensemble and the Creative Arts and the Living Museums programs at Siena College. Krysta’s experiments with virtual reality technology in her play, Dutch, which debuted at the 2018 Albany History Fair, gained the attention of Humanities New York, and, after funding the project, an interview with Krysta, Theater Technical Manager Mike Lounello, and HCH Director Deborah Emmons-Andarawis was featured on HNY’s blog and website.  Krysta’s theatrical productions at Cherry Hill are also becoming important new sources of revenue for the museum.  Thank you Krysta!