Yost House Volunteers Honored
Our thanks to Pontiac, IL's Director of Tourism, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information:
Members of the Livingston County Historical Society’s Yost House Museum committee gathered at Bernardi’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 8th to celebrate the service of some of the volunteers who have contributed greatly to the ongoing success of the Yost House Museum.
Photo right: seated in center, Sandy Pinterton, Standing (Left to Right) JoEllen Murphy, Donovan Gardner, Carol Gardner, Peggy Beyer.
The Yost House is located at 298 West Water Street in Pontiac and was built at the turn of the twentieth century (1898). The Z.F. Yost family was one of Pontiac’s most active families during their time in Pontiac. When the last member of the family passed away in the 1980s, the house, and all of the family’s belongings were given to the City of Pontiac. The Historical Society has, for more than 20 years, overseen the operation and general maintenance of the Queen Anne-styled home. The Yost Museum is one of Pontiac’s most interesting historic homes due to the fact that during its nearly 100-year entire life, it was owned and lived in by a single family. Inside the home visitors will find the furniture, decorations, clothing, silver service, several sets of hand-painted china, and an art collection that was amassed over the nearly 100 years that the Yost family lived there.
At Wednesday’s dinner, thanks and appreciation was given to Sandy Pinkerton for her efforts as Volunteer Coordinator, a position she has fulfilled since 2008. Peggy Beyer was also recognized for her work as Pinkerton’s assistant and docent at the museum. JoEllen Murphy was acknowledged for her work in setting up the many special displays that are part of the Yost house’s annual schedule of events. Donovan and Carol Gardner were also recognized for the many hours of volunteer service they have donated to the day-to-day operations at the museum. The Gardners have served as co-chairpersons of the Yost House Committee of the Livingston County Historical Society since 2007.
Bob Sear, President of the Historical Society, acknowledged the importance of contributions made to the museum by all of the volunteers. “The Yost House is a unique attraction in Pontiac. To have such a wonderful building here in Pontiac is nice enough,” he said, “but to have the entire collection from a single family gathered there makes it extraordinary.”
According to Sear, volunteers are needed to serve as docents and workers at the museum. “As the current group of volunteers age, we need fresh volunteers to continue the tradition. Working as a guide at the museum is not taxing work, and it is usually quite a bit of fun.” For more information about working as a volunteer at the Yost House Museum, contact Ellie Alexander, Director of Pontiac Tourism, at (815) 844-5847.
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