Congratulations to volunteer Jackie Smith

by Amy Scott, Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Visitor Services

The Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center would like to applaud our own Local History Archive volunteer Jackie Smith on earning his most recent President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award honors Americans who have served their communities with distinction. In recognition of his exemplary service, Jackie has received a lapel pin, congratulatory letter from President Obama, and a certificate of achievement.

Super volunteer Jackie Smith at work in the Local HIstory Archive

Jackie began volunteering in the Local History Archive in 2002, when it was still located at the Fort Collins Public Library. Over the years, he has scanned and written up information from thousands of tax records for inclusion in the Archive’s collection. He has also worked extensively with a collection of several thousand negatives donated by Eugene Hancock, a photographer and editor of the Fort Collins Express newspaper.

An invaluable volunteer, Jackie continues scanning collections of old photos in the Local History Archive at its present location in the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center. He has put in approximately 3,300 hours in the Archive so far. According to Local History Archive Curator Lesley Drayton, “Jackie is an incredible volunteer in the Local History Archive. He’s the one who scans all of the wonderful historic Fort Collins photographs that can be found on the History Connection website. He’s amazingly organized and efficient; this year alone he has scanned over 600 images that we have added to our database. This work simply couldn’t get done without his time and effort, and he does it all with a great sense of humor and a smile.”

Jackie has great interest in the photographs he scans, and he enjoys seeing the progression of Fort Collins history though them. What he likes best about volunteering, however, is working with the people he has met. They become like family, Jackie says. Well, we are certainly proud to have Jackie in our Museum family, and we join the President in thanking him for the difference he has made in the Local History Archive and in our community. Bravo!

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5 Responses to “Congratulations to volunteer Jackie Smith”


  1. 1 Lesley May 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

    You’re awesome, Jackie! Thanks for all the work you do!

  2. 2 Jan May 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I am so happy and proud of you, and I know Mom would be too! This is just fantastic the things you are doing and accomplishing, and mainly because I know your heart and soul go into everything you do! Congratulations again and again!

  3. 3 Jackie C. Smith II November 22, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I am so very proud of you Father. You are the kindest, most lovable man I have ever known. I am so very blessed that you are my father. I love you…
    Jackie II

  4. 4 Jackie C. Smith II November 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

    In behalf of my brother Jon:

    I am proud to be your son, You are the smartest and kindest man I know. I can’t believe what you have done for the history of Ft. Collins. Keep up the great work Dad, Your Loving Son,

    Jon

  5. 5 cece blackmon November 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    My Dear Dad,
    This is such an honor, I only hope to follow in your footsteps and continue to volunteer my time to others for as long as possible.. I’m so very proud of you and how caring, loving and thoughtful you are to others, my selfless Father… I love you so, so very much.


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