Volunteer Spotlight, December 2016: Peg Caton
Q: How long have you been a Volunteer at the Herreshoff Marine Museum?
A: Volunteer at the Herreshoff since April 2014
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer at the Museum?
A: I live in Bristol and have a strong interest in the industrial history of New England and how it has shaped the environment.
Q: What is it that you do here?
A: I regularly help out with general office work -- I love a neat organized file with information easily available -- and in the busy summer months I fill in as a greeter and docent-in-training (strong in history, less knowledgeable about boats)
Q: Tell us a little about your background.
A: Grew up in Central Massachusetts; have a bachelor's degree in History from Eastern Connecticut College in Willimantic; was a US Foreign Service Officer (i.e., diplomat) for more than 20 years, focusing on environment, science, health & technology and on economic issues such as trade and transportation
Q: What is your favorite part about your time at the Museum?
A: People are the best part of any museum, those who work and volunteer here and those who visit. I love to see the kids out on the water in the sailing program. It teaches responsibility, seamanship, safety and teamwork while inculcating a love of Narragansett Bay and the wider environment. Plus it looks like fun!