Lois Martin moved to Independence 20 years ago and later became involved in the Independence Heritage Museum Society as a volunteer. Having been involved with the museum society for two decades, serving in various capacities, Lois has seen the museum change drastically over time. Yet, the reason she stuck around is issued in plain sight.

“I think it’s important to preserve history wherever you are,” shared Lois. “I think it’s a worthwhile activity.”

Sadly, Lois is leaving the area and moving to be closer to family. At her farewell party, hosted by the Heritage Museum Society, Lois and her late husband, Dave, were honored with the establishment of a new scholarship fund in their name. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing higher education from Polk County who is majoring in history at an Oregon college or university. Lois was unaware that the Society had established a scholarship fund in her and Dave’s name. The event was a wonderful way to celebrate all the work and dedication Lois has given to the museum.