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Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum volunteer has a knack for math

Diana Palenz has volunteered for more than a decade at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
Diana Palenz has volunteered for more than a decade at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. The Wichita Eagle

For Diana Palenz, volunteering is a way to become involved.

“I think Wichita has lots of great nonprofit organizations that deserve to be supported,” Palenz said. “When I give of my time, that makes my modest financial contributions go further.”

Palenz has been a mainstay at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum since 1997 when she volunteered to do the bookkeeping for the museum’s gift shop.

Up until then, she had been volunteering at Old Cowtown Museum with the Girl Scouts summer program.

“I had gotten tired of the heat and they (the museum) had air conditioning,” she said, jokingly.

Palenz had been the site director for the Girl Scout Living History Program at Old Cowtown Museum from 1993 to 1997.

At the museum, she has been the kitchen coordinator for the Wreath Festival luncheon since 2005 and has served on the board of trustees and on other museum committees.

She also volunteers for her church and occasionally the Great Plains Nature Center.

“I like history, but my head for history is not good,” Palenz said. “My background is mathematics. I was on the faculty at WSU and taught math. What I like about volunteering at the museum is that when people volunteer to do things, they do them. It is a volunteer group that always come through.”

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