Volunteer Spotlight: Michelle Souza

by Steven Dugan

Michelle Souza PhotoAs we wrap up 2019, we are happy to introduce you to Homestead Volunteer Michelle Souza. Michelle joined the staff in the fall of 2018 and has brought her interest and love of art to the wide range of interests our volunteers bring to the museum. We asked her to share a little bit about herself, her first impressions of the Homestead, and how she incorporates her artistic talents when she interacts with visitors.

What do you remember most about your first visit to the Homestead Museum?

What I remember about my first visit to the museum was that it was well kept, beautifully preserved, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable and that there was more than just a museum…there were all kinds of events!

You and your family are very busy with other activities, why is volunteering at the museum something you wanted to do?

I have always loved museums. I am also an old soul and love that the Homestead Museum is preserving the past so others can come and enjoy it. I enjoy working the events and helping with the preservation aspect.

You have either worked at or attended many special events at the museum. Do any standout as a particular favorite? Why?

I have enjoyed working all the events.  I love seeing the kids learn about the past and making art. The one I enjoy the most is the Christmas event.  Seeing the site decorated is wonderful.

When you’re not giving your time at the Homestead, how do you like to spend your free time?

I do a lot of crafting, gardening, spending time with my grandchildren, traveling with my youngest daughter, photography, and going to the movies with my husband.

You and your family seem very interested in performing and the arts. You have an artistic eye, one of your daughters makes films, and your granddaughter performs in plays. Has creativity and the arts always been important to you? And how have you encouraged your family’s artistic side?

My mother was very artistic and always encouraged my siblings and myself.  They too,  are all artistic. Though I was not involved in theater, all four of my children have been.  My youngest is in the film making business and also a musician; my three older children and oldest granddaughter are singers; and a few of them are in theater productions; as is the youngest granddaughter and one grandson.

I have just always encouraged them as they have shown interest in the arts.  I am a photographer and a crafter and they grew up with that.  So, I would say it just runs in my family.

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