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It was with great sadness and heartbreak that we announced in January 2021 the passing of Westmoreland County Museum’s Genealogical Library Assistant, Darlene Tallent.  We are so grateful for her over 25 years of dedication to the museum.  She helped so many researchers, authors, and inquisitive visitors find answers to their questions.  Darlene put so much heart and sincerity into her exhibits and loved sharing them with the museum’s visitors.  Vice chair of the WCM board of directors, Susan Ripol, declared, “Her love for the museum and genealogy is irreplaceable.”

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“The museum and community lost a resource with encyclopedic knowledge of local history with Darlene’s passing.  Her many years of dedication to enthusiastically sharing wit and intriguing stories will be missed,” chair of the WCM board of directors Anne Garner said. “Darlene had a knack for finding the most interesting tidbits of history and sharing them to make all visitors share her delight in the stories of our area.”

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Her co-workers (both current and former) describe her with such affection.  Her co-worker and WCM’s current Executive Director, Brianna Morris remembers, “Darlene had an amazing memory for history of Westmoreland County.  She could recall the most obscure facts without hesitation.  Darlene was such a sweet, gentle spirit.  Her humor would make the hard days easier, and the easy days just fly by.  I will greatly miss her.  There will never be another person like her.”  The museum plans to continue with her final exhibit “Samuel Ballton: Pickle King” in her honor.  Ms. Garner also said, “We continue to pray for her family during this difficult time.”

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