Photo provided to The Times Observer Carol Barnickel has been selected as the 2021 Warren County Historical Society Volunteer of the Year.

Nonprofits often can’t go as far as their volunteers take them.

To this end, the Warren County Historical Society has named Carol Barnickel Volunteer of the Year 2021.

WCHS chief executive Michelle Gray said Barnickel first got involved with the company through the Wilder Museum Chicken BBQ fundraiser.

“As she became more familiar with the workings of the organization, she joined the board of directors and accepted the position of chair of the education committee. Gray explained.

“This is where Carol shone as she ran several years of Warren County History Camp.”

This included taking young students of our region’s history to places such as the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Kinzua Bridge, Wild Woods Wildlife Park, Watson-Curtze Mansion and Museum, and the Erie Maritime Museum.

“Carol is always happy to share her knowledge of Little Stone Church in Irvine with campers and give students the chance to tour the historic cemetery.” Gray added.

She also highlighted Barnickel’s role in the Museum’s Fashion Flaunt event and Society’s Murder Mystery event.

“She loves collecting handbags and prizes for the Fashion Flaunt Handbag Auction and Murder Mystery Auction, donating her time and talents to their successes.” Gray said. “Carol is familiar with the history of the Warren County Underground Railroad and is ready to share this information with the public. She is very active in her church and the Zonta Club of Warren.

Gray pointed out that Barnickle “Only brings positive ideas and comments to the table”.

“She is one of the nicest people I have the privilege to know in the organization”, she added. “Carol is always ready to lend a hand and offer a kind word, and no interaction is ever complete until she shares her favorite ‘God is good! With a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes.

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