Try Volunteering as a New Year’s Resolution for Better Health
It is that time of year when we all endeavor to make New Year’s resolutions. The concept behind the resolutions is usually to improve our lives in some way with the ultimate goal of feeling better.
One often overlooked way to do that is to get involved in local history! Studies have shown that volunteering regularly reduces stress and blood pressure. Helping others not only feels good, it may help you live longer, too. A review of data from 40 published papers found a 20% lower risk of death than non-volunteers. The findings, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that those who volunteered experienced lower levels of depression, better life satisfaction, and overall enhanced well-being. Another study found that retirees who volunteered at least 200 hours in the prior year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers, lowering their risk of heart disease.
Research also tells us that displaying objects from the past, remembering and honoring where you came from makes you feel part of a continuum, gives you a bigger sense of community belonging and, ultimately, leads to happy and long-lived cultures.
Presque Isle Historical Society’s mission is to study, preserve and promote the history, culture, heritage and physical artifacts of Presque Isle for present and future generations. This is done through tours; exhibits; presentations; operation of the Maysville Museum and the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum; and cataloguing and archiving items from our past such as books, photographs, ephemera, vintage clothing, and other artifacts.
Volunteers are also needed to serve as museum docents (volunteer guides), tour guides, historical interpreters (people who bring history alive through dress, action, or speaking), and exhibit and artifact curators (overseers). No experience is needed as the society will train anyone with an interest in local history and desire to learn. The Maysville Museum, the Society’s new museum located at 165 Caribou Road, will be re-opening for the season on Saturday, April 7. Volunteer schedules are being planned now!
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