BIRDSBORO PA – Although they’ll continue in volunteer support positions, two long-serving board members of the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead – Bradford Kissam and Beverly Connor – are stepping down later this month (June 2014), according to Museum Director Amanda Machik.
Kissam was the board’s first president, and has been a member since its incorporation in 1989. He often is seen at events, giving tours, selling tickets and assisting with school programming, Machik said. He returned as president in 2012 and worked closely with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission on various site issues.
Kissam was instrumental in navigating through a difficult transition as both organizations arrived at operating agreements. He also sits on the board of the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County, and the Historical Society of Berks County.
Connor has been a Friends volunteer for more than 16 years, serving on the Board of Directors and acting as its treasurer. During that time, Machik said, Connor has greatly improved the organization’s record-keeping.
When the homestead hired staff members during 2010, Connor additionally assumed the role of human resource manager and assisted with hiring, maintaining employee records, coordinating with payroll services, and paying employee taxes. She can usually be found manning the hospitality table or giving Boone House tours during the site’s special events. Connor is also active in her church’s clothing ministry.
The homestead is the birthplace of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, born in 1734. It is located halfway between Reading and Pottstown, one mile north of U.S. Route 422 near Baumstown.