Volunteer Highlight: Judy Maginnis

This month we are highlighting Historical Society volunteer Judy Maginnis. Judy supports the Historical Society as a docent at the Log House Museum, educating visitors and leading tours for community and school groups. She also helps maintain our native plant garden, supports our special events, and so much more! Our community does not always have the chance to get to know our volunteers, so we asked Judy a few questions about her experience to share with you.

How long have you been volunteering at the Log House Museum?

I started to volunteer over 5 years ago.

How did you get involved with volunteering at the museum?  

My mother’s family home was just down the street.  My mother and her 3 brothers went to Alki, Madison and West Seattle and spent their summers on Alki Beach. My mother taught at Madison.  My mother’s grandfather came to Seattle in the 1870s and homesteaded where the Pike Place Market located.  You can see I have deep roots in not only Alki and West Seattle but Seattle.

What is your favorite thing about being a volunteer?

 I enjoy meeting all people, both the visitors and fellow volunteers. 

What is your favorite thing about our local history?

 There’s always something new to learn.  

Do you have a favorite experience or memory from your time as a volunteer? 

The Sub Pop birthday party the Historical Society co-sponsored a few years ago.  Also the annual historic house tours. 

The Historical Society is grateful to Judy and all of her follow volunteers for everything they do to support our efforts to preserve and promote local history!


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