Beverly Schumacher has been contributing to the history and genealogy of Southeast Ohio for a half century, and she is still at it. Beverly identifies herself as a professional volunteer. I first met her in the early 1980s. She contacted me when she was the leader of an effort to clean up trash along stretches of a county roadway. She continued to head up that effort for a couple of decades.

But, while she was doing that, she was also immersed in her efforts as a volunteer with O’Bleness Hospital and the Visiting Nurses Association. While she was doing those things she was volunteering at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum and Genealogical Chapter and played a key role in the development of that organization’s library. A cursory review of the Southeast Ohio History Center’s on-line library search brings up nearly 70 publications under Beverly’s name.

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