April Remote Volunteer Highlight: Katherine Gomez Nelson
Published on April 29th, 2020 by Enrichmond Foundation
We’re highlighting the stories of some of our volunteers for East End and Evergreen Cemeteries who are working remotely while COVID-19 limits on-site volunteer activities at the cemeteries. Our remote volunteers are doing work crucial to reclaiming information lost at the two cemeteries. Their roles include Biography Writer, Cemetery Research, and Record Transcription.
Katherine Gomez Nelson
Role: Evergreen Cemetery Biography Writing
I became interested in the Evergreen Cemetery project about a year ago and was hopeful about finding a way to help. I recently saw the volunteer biographer opportunity and became excited because I enjoy learning about people’s lives, both past and present. I enjoy doing research and writing so this opportunity appealed to me in many ways.
I was born in Staunton, VA and grew up on a farm. I am a VCU graduate, with a BS in Mass Communication and have now lived in the Richmond area for over 30 years. I am always amazed about how much of our city’s history I do not know despite spending time visiting museums and touring historical places. My favorite way to explore Richmond and its rich history is on my bike or walking my dog. My husband is retired, and he is also a history buff, so a lot of our travel revolves around history as well.
It is so important to research and document the lives of those buried at Evergreen and other cemeteries in our area. I am excited to be a part of that effort.