The Bingham-Waggoner Estate's own Janice Pearson was a recipient of the W.Z. Hickman Award in the Distinguished Volunteer category on May 5 at the beginning of the Independence City Council meeting.

April 1, 1984, Janice was appointed to the board at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, and within months she was invited to become a member of the Board of Directors. She was pleased to be able to contribute from her knowledge, the importance of preserving history in the correct manner. She soon accepted the position of Research and Restoration Chairman, followed by the position of President of the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society. The two positions have been filled by Janice many times during the last 30 years.

Her two of her proudest accomplishments are the introduction of the Silent Auction at the annual Pig Pickin’ – Chicken Lickin’ Feast and the “decorator designs” Christmas tours. Thousands of dollars have been generated from the Silent Auction and ornament sales. She and a professional gardener designed and created the gardens on both sides of the brick walkway, and takes care of those gardens and the trees on the Estate.

In 2013, Janice served as vice president on the Board of Directors, Interior Research & Restoration Chair, Pig Roast Silent Auction Chair, Christmas Committee Chair and on the Carriage House Boutique committee. She also volunteers every Wednesday during open season.

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