Meet our Volunteers
We couldn't do it without them - this astounding list of volunteers keeps the Hamilton Museum in order in so many ways. From sharing their creative skills and lending muscles to being gregarious docents and exemplary customer service gurus, the Hamilton volunteers are the "cream of the crop!" We are so lucky and so thankful to have such committed volunteers - and we sincerely thank them all for their service.
Ben Jordan has been a museum friend for a number of years – having attended numerous workshops, visiting the exhibitions and generally hanging out at his favorite place. It was no surprise to learn he wanted to "be able to help out the museum any way" that he can. Ben does just that. He's here on his scheduled days and proceeds to take on any project like he owns it. He’s also a fine Hamilton model, though he excels at photography too and now manages most of the Hamilton Dry Goods store photography.
Bill Peters is a former Hamilton Employee who worked many facets, but it may be the drafting table line that he most fondly remembers. He is our Thursday docent, assists in the Wood Shop (alongside Georgianne “George” Liesch) and is a great storyteller when he isn’t busy working with wood. He also happens to be an incredibly talented wood carver with nearly perfected skills.
Bob Mueller moved to Two Rivers when he was hired in the fall of ’63 by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. as a Sales trainee in the Lab Sales Division after serving about five years as a Naval Officer first aboard a destroyer in the Western Pacific and then as an Instructor in Naval Gunfire Support at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado CA. With an easy laugh and joyful spirit, he has taken many visitors on engaging tours. More than entertaining, he is as wise as an owl and just plain sweet to have around. His duties have changed a bit, but he’s just as pleased to be at the museum cleaning and organizing type – which he excels at.
Dennis Ewert, a former teacher, enjoys history so much he eagerly awaits visitors on the days he volunteers so that he can share his newfound knowledge of Hamilton. He is superbly curious and creative – and is typically off seeking learning opportunities and new hobbies when not absorbed in his kaleidoscope creation, stamp collecting, bead making or one of his other many artistic “projects” that often include folk art schools and workshops.
Emily Schmidt is a "graphic designer | visual storyteller | harmless eccentric" and another dedicated volunteer who never tires of literally any project at the museum. She is typically found with ink on her hands and a smile that lights up a room. She excels at customer service, printing, organizing and sharing deep insight on topics that matter to her.
Georgianne "George" Liesch can be found in the wood type shop where she operates the saws and pantograph, trims type and does whatever else is necessary to complete the wood type making process. Having learned much of the trade from former Hamilton employees, she has a wealth of wood type production knowledge which she happily shares with museum visitors. At her Sheboygan-area home that she shares with her hubby, she has a small print shop where she putzes around exploring the idiosyncrasies of wood type and other pieces she scrounges from the scrap box at the museum. Life there is good.
Glenn Leege hales from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He worked as a cabinet assembler at Hamilton for 44 years. At the museum he leads mighty-fine Saturday tours at 1pm, much to the delight of visitors interested in learning Hamilton history. Glenn leaves no stone unturned - he is a wealth of information and experience in more areas than Hamilton – he is also the most knowledgeable meteorologist we know.
Jen Anne was a graphic designer, marketer and digital collections librarian before “taking a break for a year on the lake” and moving to Manitowoc in 2019. After completing an internship at Hamilton, she stayed on as a volunteer with special focuses on the Enquirer Collection and the Wood Shop. She also volunteers at the Lester library (she obviously has a “thing” about libraries!), finds great fulfillment being outside as much as possible and making art from what she sees there.
Judy Corrado was a Head Start teacher (pre-school) before retirement (those lucky children to have Judy in charge – she has the gentle demeanor of an angel). Now she considers herself a full-time volunteer. In addition to assisting any time she’s needed at the Hamilton Museum, Judy donates her time and talent to the Rahr West Museum in Manitowoc plus she coordinates the local volunteers who plant stunning flower beds along the Mariners Trail (the walk/bike trail from Manitowoc to Two Rivers). “I am so proud of all we have to offer in this community and love sharing it with others.”
Larry Corrado is a former professor of physics and computer science. He is an avid graphic design and typography hobbyist and can often be found exploring new possibilities in printing right here in our pressroom. He masters the organization of upcoming workshops and has never declined an invitation to work on a new project. His alphabet postcards (available in our gift shop) have been a great hit for customers. Larry is Judy’s other half and has been for a little over 50 years.
Lee Gauthier was a Hamilton employee for more than 39 years, mostly in the wood plant. When asked about his woodworking skills (this guy has built some beautiful cabinets for his home), Lee said he “learned from the old-timers – when projects were worked on from start-to-finish. Back in the day before technology was implemented, and everything was done by hand.” These skills are now applied to numerous and varied projects at the museum, lucky us!
Marcia Brice was a designer and art director with various Chicago studios. She also taught at The American Academy of Art in Chicago and Columbia College. Marcia helps the museum on weekends and at many of our special events including gallery openings and open houses. She's an amazing head-counter, friendly greeter and receptionist planner who prepares luscious appetizers that are just as beautiful. Marcia is superbly talented, creates beautiful art, and while volunteering she entertains us with her delightful sense of humor.
Mary Lou (Lou) Brown is a former postmaster and phlebotomist (who knew?!). She is known to be a "toothbrush cleaner,” which we know to be an understatement. With the skills of a drill sergeant, this lovely, soft-spoken woman can scare dust bunnies away forever. Organizing is also her forte, so she and Harley work tirelessly at making the museum look great! Lou has never admitted to this, but she may have been a stand-up comedian in a former life.
Natalie Heil learned more about the museum through a guided tour, followed by attendance at a Wayzgoose and letterpress workshop. That’s all it took for her to get hooked and decide she wanted to “contribute to my community and the museum’s legacy.” She does just that by lending a hand in any capacity we ask of her, and with an education in fine art print plus experience in woodworking, Natalie expertly fulfills her volunteer tasks.
Nick Larson completed an internship at Hamilton, stayed on as a volunteer, gained even more remarkable experience at Hatch, returned to volunteer at Hamilton – and ultimately was hired full-time by Hatch. It may be obvious that Nick’s favorite task is printing, but he’s also a remarkable designer who (remotely) helps Hamilton any time we ask him to.
Rainer Fleshner now makes his home in Kaukauna with his wife, Linda. Rainer is a former teacher, having led classes at Central Michigan University and Electronic Prepress at Moraine Park Technical College. He now does an amazing, professional job of managing photography of our extensive Enquirer Collection. Rainer successfully completed a very long-term project that required photographing all the museum’s wood type patterns in addition to printing items for research. He is impressively diligent and fastidious.
Sally Carson is a graphic designer who has launched her own business at home from her studio in Sheboygan, WI. Her focus is on “working with small businesses that need full branding. I enjoy helping people find their voice and vision and setting themselves apart from their competitors.” Sally’s affirmation is indicative of the volunteer work she does for the museum – from coordinating online items to printing to upholstery repair – she does it with finesse.
Shann Stephani is a graphic designer who lends her wonderful creativity to the museum when she isn't out searching a new adventure. She is a world class customer service rep who can operate a cash register with her eyes closed and a skilled printer who is willing to tackle literally any project we introduce her to. She has never turned down a challenge, and we are impressed with every project – but then, Shann excels at everything she touches, and with panache.
Sophia Meisner volunteers as a docent nearly every Saturday. Her amazing skills in helping people feel welcome combined with her knowledge of Hamilton's history offer a glimpse into the talent and confidence she holds. Visitors are delighted by her kindness, a virtue that fully complements her perception and results in a most positive experience. Sophia recently began letterpress printing as she is very attracted to the arts and learning, and to no surprise to the staff, she exceeded expectations.
Stacie Sorenson became hooked on the museum after her initial tour and quickly developed a desire to understand and support our efforts to "keep alive the great history and artistry of printing." Her warm, calm demeanor draws visitors to her to chat - typically Wednesday afternoons - as she is also foster mom to orphaned infant kittens at various times. When Stacie isn’t mothering newborn kittens, she is busy making stunning wire-wrapped jewelry incorporating precious stones – all her own creations, and all stunning.