Emery Receives Judge Thomas Coakley Award

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On Saturday April 23, Sylvia Emery was awarded the Judge Thomas Coakley Award at the Mariposa Butterfly Festival Parade. Hanna Wackerman presented this award on behalf of the Mariposa Museum and History Center (MMHC).

The Judge Thomas Coakley Award was created in 1957 by Thomas Coakley himself as the first president of the Mariposa Museum and History Center. The award is presented to museum volunteers who have gone above and beyond by donating countless volunteer hours to the center.

Sylvia Emery dressed in period clothing as part of a tour of the historic Counts House at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. (Submitted photo from MMHC)

The following was read at the parade regarding the award, “The 2022 Judge Thomas Coakley Award for outstanding volunteer service is awarded to Sylvia Emery. For over 15 years, Sylvia Emery has been a devoted volunteer and board member at the Mariposa museum. She has also served as president of the board. Sylvia is constantly working to keep the garden at the museum looking beautiful; is always available to help whenever needed, and is a tour guide in the historic Counts House for school tours. Sylvia attended the Colorado School, a one-room schoolhouse located in Midpines, where she and her brothers were raised.” 

Emery stated she was amazed and thankful for the award. She is 89 years young and has no plans of slowing down. She also provides her artistic talent to many of the displays inside the museum and history center. She finds it challenging and enjoyable to take the simplest historical item and turn it into a work of art.

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