By Kathleen Murphy,
Great Falls Historical Society
The Great Falls Historical Society has recognized Alex Brudno as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Through his consistent, focused and dedicated volunteer efforts, including working as a summer intern to further the Colvin Run Historic District research (more than 100 hours); photo archiving in support of our archive reorganization; running the Great Falls Historical Society’s Publication Sales presence at the farmers market and at GFHS programs independently, including adding new product offerings; serving as associate editor to prepare the book on Thelma’s Country Store, providing citations to establish historic facts, and supporting many other projects as needed, Alex has served with purpose to advance the integrity of local history.
Alex Brudno first offered his services as volunteer to the Great Falls Historical Society in October 2014. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a major in history, GFHS welcomed Alex and immediately found projects for Alex.
Alex’s first assignment was to take over the GFHS tent at the Great Falls Farmers Market. Alex continues to staff the tent, spending seven hours each and every Saturday at the market, providing a tangible location where newcomers can ask questions about the history of Great Falls, members can renew their membership, and the entire community can purchase gifts or make a reservation for one of our events.
Alex was initially a “diamond-in-the-raw,” being high on willingness and dedication, but inexperienced at interacting with the public. However, over time and with constructive feedback and lots of interaction with farmers-market regulars and visitors, Alex has grown in sales discipline and humor.
Great Falls Connection, June 1-7, 2016, p.17
The Great Falls Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization