On a busy day, the Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building is quieter than a cathedral. Researchers and archivists move noiselessly among the stacks, which contain irreplaceable records of Maryland’s residents from 1634 to the present. Certificates of births, deaths, and taxes are here, on microfiche and in the files.
Patricia “Patti” Nalley devoted her entire career to education and continues to speak up for children and the school community, even in her retirement. After 31 years as a classroom teacher and 12 years as an administrator, she landed a seat on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.
Betty Huckenpoehler flicks a light switch in her dance studio, illuminating her colorful past as a professional dancer who worked with such stars as Fred Astaire, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Lawrence Welk, and Lou Costello. Hundreds of photos featuring Huckenpoehler in musical shows in New York, Hollywood, and traveling acts line the walls of a space where she has taught thousands of Annapolitans ballet, tap, ballroom, swing, and tango.
With an engaging, slight Southern drawl Michaele Jean Jackson fondly recalls memories of the friendships she’s fostered during more than 40 years of volunteering for arts and community organizations—more than there are peas ‘n’ carrots in the soup she’s eating for lunch.
Becki Kurdle starts her day at 7 a.m. with a three-mile walk. “I’ve mapped out two routes,” she explains, “and I try to do some errands, such as return a library book, while I’m out walking.” Tall and lean at age 70, she is the kind of person who likes to plan ahead—not surprising when you consider her 23-year career working in the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning.