Local historian Wynona Breen, who began organizing volunteers in 2008 to transcribe the 1893 to 1928 Evelyn Cameron diaries for the public to enjoy, was presented the ServeMontana award from the Governor’s Office of Community Service at the ServeMontana Symposium held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena on Thursday, February 23, 2012.
Wynona and her many volunteers completed the task in the spring of 2011 and the final transcription is 6,730 pages long.
Three copies of the diaries were donated to the CameronHeritage Association in Terry , the Prairie County Museum, and the Montana Historical Society.
The Montana Historical Society will be placing the diaries on their website this summer and will be available to the public by fall 2012.
Wynona was escorted to Helena by her daughter and husband, Dorothy and Darrell Ban of Cheyenne, Wyo. They were joined at the ServeMontana Awards luncheon on Thursday by another daughter and family; Deb, Sid and Jess Junek from Dallas, Texas and nephew, Archie Harris, from Bozeman, Mont. Jodi Foley from the Montana Historical Society joined Wynona at her table.
The award was presented by Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger who told those at the ceremony, “this is a room filled with the spirit that makes Montana great.”
Wynona was one of only two recipients who received a standing ovation. Wynona’s acceptance speech where she thanks the many volunteers can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCiKU9860MY
Later that afternoon Wynona was hosted by the Montana Historical Society, where she was able to see and touch the original diaries, glass negatives and letters of Evelyn Cameron for the first time.
“I have been waiting a really long time to actually get my hands on those diaries; it was wonderful to actually see and hold them,” Wynona commented.
Published February 29, 2012