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  • Patrick's People - Helping with history

  • Jordan Boyd loves working at the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, so when the Pittsburg State University senior needed to do a project for a women’s studies class, he decided to do something at the museum.

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  • Jordan Boyd loves working at the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, so when the Pittsburg State University senior needed to do a project for a women’s studies class, he decided to do something at the museum.
    Since the project needed to be something that would impact women’s lives, Boyd  decided, after considering various options, organize a holiday collection drive at the museum for the Safehouse Crisis Center.
    “I did it in November through December,” he said. “I collected items for their daily needs and purses for  ‘Bags to Riches,’ a fundraiser they started last year. The donated purses will  be auctioned off  in early  March.”
    On Wednesday Boyd and several members of the Miners Hall Museum board delivered the  items, which included paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, shampoo, diapers and baby wipes.
    “The project is truly in the spirit of the ‘help your neighbor’ attitude that our area’s immigrants who settled here had,” noted MHM board member Linda Knoll. “It’s a wonderful way to honor our past and celebrate our present.”
    Boyd said he’d like to do the drive again next year. He is due to graduate from PSU in December 2013 with a bachelor of arts in history. His minor is in communication, with an emphasis on public relations.
    “I plan to stay at PSU for my master’s degree in history,” Boyd said. “It was through PSU that I found my way here to the Miners Hall Museum. My advisor, Dr. Kris Lawson, is a member of the museum board.”
    He is originally from Afton, Okla., and transferred to PSU after earning an associate degree at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Miami.
    Boyd feels a special tie to the Franklin museum because he has a family heritage in the southeast Kansas mining field.
    “My great-great-grandfather, Arthur Edgar Morgan, was a miner here,” he said.
    Boyd became interested in museum work while at the Dobson Museum at Miami. He recently became a member of that museum’s board of directors.
    “They have a collection of 43,000-plus negatives that I’ve been scanning for over two years,” he said.
    In addition to his studies and his museum work, Boyd also works in the PSU Financial Aid Office, and is a member of the Crimson Club and Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for two-year colleges. He’s currently president of Phi Alpha Theta, history honor society.
    Boyd’s career goal is to become a museum curator.“When I first started I wanted to become a teacher,” he said. “Then I had these museum internships and now preserving history is very important to me.”
     

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