The Irish Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum is pleased to honor Barb Berman as the 2017 Woman of the Year! Please join the museum in hosting an Open House for Barb on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. with a presentation at 2:30 p.m.
Barb is honored for her tireless work as a community volunteer. She is active in the Chamber of Commerce and past chair of the Ambassador Committee. She is a charter member of the Rock Valley Heritage Kiwanis and is the advisor to Auburn Key Club for over 20 years. Her memberships include Rockford Network of Professional Women, Greenwich Village Art Fair committee, Winnebago County 911 Emergncy Responders Memorial committee, Red Shoe Run for donor awareness, Victory Lap for cancer awareness. Barb serves on the Ethnic Heritage Museum Board of Directors.
Barb's contributions to the Ethnic Heritage Museum are substantial. She spearheaded several needed projects: 2012 Lockwood Gallery addition to the museum which added needed meeting space, and the November 2017 purchase of the next door 1857 Graham-Ginestra House which in an architectural and historic jewel for the Rockford community. Barb continues to step up to support the Lithuanian Gallery when the need arises. She is dedicated to support all museum and gallery activities.
Barb was born and raised in Freeport, graduated from Freepor H.S. and married her first husband. They had four children from her first marriage and they all still live in the Rockford area, except for the passing of one son. She has 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Barb worked for Sears and Roebuck for 10 years and then went to work with her now husband Dick Berman who owned Communications Development. They retired about 10 years ago. The museum is pleased to have both Dick and Barb at the helm of our museum endeavors.