While Burlington resident Tom Geimeier boasts that he has been a Boone County Public Library patron for many years, he takes real enjoyment in talking about the Local History Department and how it has grown over the years to become an invaluable resource. “The Local History Department has staff who are trained and always willing to help you. Other libraries may show you how to use their microfilm machine or other equipment, but then they leave you on your own. At Boone County, staff members make sure you get the help you need.”
Tom also appreciates the scope of the library’s collection of local and state genealogy resources. “I think I’ve looked through pretty much all the books in Local History over the years. I’m always keeping my eye out for when new books hit the shelf. There may be some Boone County history in there I didn’t know about.”
Tom worked in the field of education as a teacher and administrator for 39 years before retiring. In 1987 he received The Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2000 was named the Kentucky Middle School Administrator of the Year. Retiring however, did not slow Tom down. He is an active member of American Legion Post 4 in Florence, Hebron Masonic Lodge 757 and the Simon Kenton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Just recently, Tom and other SAR compatriots who belong to the Col. Daniel Boone Color Guard were at Blue Licks State Park to help commemorate the battle that was fought there on August 19, 1782 in which almost 70 Kentuckians lost their lives. Tom has served as National Trustee for SAR, State President of SAR, and President of Simon Kenton Chapter of SAR among the many leadership positions he has held.
Tom also appreciates the library’s dedication to serving the community. “I work with the library to take books no longer usable by the library to VA Hospitals and Medical Centers across the region.” Along with reading materials, Tom and his SAR chapter collect and deliver personal hygiene items, clothes and even appliances to veterans in need.
As if all of these activities weren’t enough to keep Tom busy, he recently published The Second Fifty: Your Roadmap to Fitness and Healthy Aging. Long-time friend Jerry Auton was a contributor to the book. Health and overall well-being are a passion for Tom and Jerry, and they wanted to share what they have learned with others who are interested in improving their quality of life.
Robin Edwards is a Local History Associate at Boone County Public Library. Her passion for history and genealogy carries over to her involvement with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) where she is the current registrar for the Boone County chapter. This summer she was able to attend NSDAR’s Continental Congress in Washington D.C where thousands of women from DAR chapters across the country gathered for the yearly business meeting. Robin has a BA in Middle School Education from NKU.