Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Peteetneet Volunteer Spotlight--Sharon Hardy


    The Peteetneet Museum feels very fortunate to have a number of our Volunteer Tour Guides that are not natives of Payson but they have adopted Payson and put down their roots in the area.  One such volunteer is Sharon Hardy.
    Sharon grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  She met and married Clifford “Kipp” Hardy.  At the time, Kip a native of Perry, New York  was stationed with the Air Force in Idaho.  They later lived in New Jersey where he was stationed and then Laredo, Texas.  After his military service, they moved to his hometown in New York.
    In 1973, they sold their home in New York and moved to Utah where Kip had accepted a new job with Brigham Young University in Provo.  They did not know where they to live in the valley so they decided to rent for a while.  They ended up renting in Payson and loved the town and the area so much they chose to make their home here.  They felt it was a great place to raise a family.
     Sharon and Kip are the parents of five children.  They have three boys and two girls.  All of their children attended at least one year at the Peteetneet School.  Today, the family is scattered over the country except for one who lives in Santaquin.  They have twelve grandchildren.  They are happy and grateful for cars, planes, telephones and the internet because they are able to keep in contact with all of them.
    She worked at Behling Insurance in Payson for twenty-seven years.  After retiring, she became a volunteer at Peteetneet, She have been a volunteer for over two years.  She enjoys the visitors who come to the museum.  Sharon said that volunteering at Peteetneet is one of the highlights of her week.  She believes the Peteetneet building is so beautiful and she is glad it has been preserved.
    Before volunteering at the museum, she had not taken the opportunity to visit.  Since coming to visit she was truly amazed at the quality and variety of displays that are here.  She said the room honoring those who have served our country is one of the best displays.  She really likes the Victorian Room where mini-rooms of a home on the late 1800s and early 1900s are located.  She loves the Western Room with the displays of western art and artifacts.  Then there is the Fashion Room with women’s clothing from the 1850s to the 1990s.  That is a very special room.  In fact, each room in the building has something to offer to those that visit the building.
    Sharon encourages everyone to take the time and come and see the beautiful, restored Peteetneet building and the wonders that it holds.

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