Angelika “Angie” Pridgen was recently named the 2020 Volunteer of the Year for Keys History & Discovery Center. A volunteer for about a year-and-a-half, Pridgen was a significant participant in the past year as the center reopened the museum in June, often working two shifts a week.

“We are grateful for all of our volunteers,” said Jill Miranda Baker, the executive director. “Yet Angie stood out for the numerous times she filled shifts when no one else was available.”

Pridgen was surprised with the honor during a recent Zoom event with other volunteers and members of the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation Board of Directors. She was given roses and a compass rose pendant.

The Discovery Center is staffed primarily by volunteers who serve as docents and greeters to guests. The center is seeking volunteers who have a special interest in the Upper Keys community and its history and ecology, as well as those interested in covering weekend shifts. Safety features in place include the requirement of face coverings to be worn throughout the visit, plexiglass shields at the point of payment, as well as the availability of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.Shifts are available Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. To learn more about volunteering, submit the Volunteer Interest Form or e-mail [email protected] For general or volunteer information, call 305-922-2237 or visit

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