vickiewordcloudJoin ACHS for a special celebration of Vickie Wendel’s 30-year relationship with ACHS and her new beginning as a volunteer.

Tuesday, December 20
Social Hour at 5 p.m.
Program at 6 p.m.
Shenanigans to follow until 8 p.m.

It’s not often – oh, who are we kidding? NEVER do you find a personality like Vickie Wendel! She practically hatched the modern Anoka County Historical Society as a volunteer, then began a 27-year career creating programs and exhibits for the public to enjoy. Methodically gathering stories and memories as she went, Vickie engaged a variety of groups across the county, fostering those relationships through time. Her personal style of public history convinced many a nay-sayer that an identity rooted in local heritage was critical to their understanding of the present.

While the staff of ACHS grieve the loss of an iconic employee and source of institutional memory, we rejoice in Vickie’s decision to remain with us as a volunteer and consultant. In her new role as retiree, however, she will also have to balance the duties of multi-generational family caretaker, lunch go-getter, and ever-present cook on the Civil War battlefields.

As friends of both Vickie and ACHS, we invite you to join us in celebrating her new chapter of life – one sure to be filled with laughter, love, and loyalty. Please take the time to look through your memories and submit stories and photos to ACHS (or bring them on the 20th!) of how Vickie has impacted your life, your organization, or your community.

We look forward to seeing you!