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TELEVISION APPEARANCES Channel 23 (WVDN) Program: "Entertainment Profile" Producer: Andre Hollywood Evans Date: August 17/18, 2004 Time: 11:30pm, one-hour long show. Repeated Tues (11:30pm)and Wed (2:00am) [Negotiating new time slot for Prime Time TV.] RE: History of Poetry and Guest Poet Channel 9 (WMUR) Program: "It's All About Arts" Host: Glenn Williams Date: August 19, 2002, Monday night, 6:00pm, on "LIVE" TV Interview with Host Glenn Williams MOST RECENT AWARD May 2010 "Me & Irene", Editor's Choice Award, Free Poetry Contest International Library of Poetry January 2009 "Zoe" Editor's Choice Award International Library of Poetry December 2008 "Angel of Hope" Editor's Choice Award International Library of Poetry [Sent to President Barack Obama on Inauguration Day] January 2008 "Me & Irene" Editor's Choice Award Famous Poets Society To be published in Famous Poets of the Heartland, Souvenir Collector's Edition November 2007 Poet Fellow for 2007 Noble House New York, Empire State Building, New York, NY October 2007 "Angel of Hope" Editor's Choice Award International Library of Poetry September 2007 Angel of Hope" The Sound of Poetry International Library of Poetry February 2007 "True Friendship" A Treasury of American Poetry American Poets Society December 2004 "Amelia" Editor's Choice Award International Library of Poetry "I Love You, My Samii" Editor's Choice Award International Library of Poetry MOST RECENT TROPHY Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence, Nomination "Spaz" Famous Poets Society MOST RECENT PUBLISHED POEM   "Me & Irene" Famous Poets of the Heartland Famous Poets Society "Angel of Hope " The Sound of Poetry International Library of Poetry "Amelia" The Sound of Poetry Recorded professionally; set to Baroque music in a spepcial part of a new poetry collection to be released on compact disc and cassette.  International Library of Poetry "True Friendship" A Treasury of American Poetry American Poetry Society "I Love You, My Samii" Eternal Portraits International Library of Poetry "I Love You , My Samii" The Sound of Poetry Recorded professionally set to Baroque music in a special part of a new poetry collection to be released on compact disc and cassette. International Library of Poetry SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS 2003 April 16, 2003 Guest Poet, Alumnae of '82 Poetry Recital 2nd Annual Annenberg Library Read-In in celebration of National Library Week, April 6-13, 2003 Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA), Hess Gallery at the Annenberg Library, 4pm-7pm. February 19, 2003 Guest Speaker, Alumnae of '82, Librarian/Award-Winning Poet Alumnae Career Round Table Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA),Moncrief Room, Ferry Building, 6pm-8pm. AWARDS/TROPHIES: 1999 Poet of the Year 1999 Famous Poets Society 2000 Poet of the Year 2000 Famous Poets Society 2000 President's Award for Literary Excellence International Library of Poetry and the National Registry of Authors 2001 Poet of the Year 2001 Award Medallion Famous Poets Society Trophy "Prometheus Muse of Fire" Famous Poets Society World Champion Amateur Poet 2001 nomination International Library of Poetry International Poet of Merit Award Medallion 2001 nomination International Library of Poetry 2002 Poet of the Year 2002 Famous Poets Society 2003 Poet of the Year 2003 nomination Famous Poets Society "I Love You, My Samii" Editor's Choice Award (December 2003) "I Love You, My Samii" International Library of Poetry 2004 Poet of the Year 2004 Famous Poets Society/International Library of Poetry 2005 Poet of the Year 2005 Famous Poets Society 2006 Poet of the Year 2006, Famous Poets Society 2007 Poet of the Year 2007, Famous Poets Society 2008 Poet of the Year 2008, Famous Poets Society 2009 Poet of the Year 2009, Famous Poets Society 2010 Poet of the Year 2010, Famous Poets Society 2011 Poet of the Year 2011, Famous Poets Society GUEST POET 2003 April 16, 2003 Guest Poet, Alumnae of '82 Poetry Recital, 2nd Annual Annenberg Library Read-In in celebration of National Library Week, April 6-13, 2003 Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA), Hess Gallery at the Annenberg Library, 4pm-7pm. 2001 Guest Poet Website, Albany New York Guest Poet(Featured) "Return of the Kanukechmi" Albany Poetry Workshop, (Albany, California) www.sonic.net/poetry/albany/poets, June 21, 2001 PUBLICATIONS 1999 "Invasion of the Mice" Mirrors Iliad Press 2000 "The Adventures of Myko" Famous Poets Society "Invasion of the Mice", Celebrating The New Millennium: 2000 Presidents Awards for Literary Excellence International Library of Poetry "Remember The Nineteen-Twenties" Poetry 2000-Our Century's Best Famous Poems Famous Poets Society 2001 "Audrey" Nature's Echoes International Library of Poetry "Audrey" The Sound of Poetry Recorded professionally set to Baroque music in a special part of a new poetry collection to be released on compact disc and cassette "Return of the Kanukechmi" The Silence Within International Library of Poetry and also, Selected to be recorded professionally in a special poetry collection The Sound of Poetry on compact disc and cassette. "I Love You My Sweetheart" A Poetic Odyssey Famous Poets Society "Samii" Nature's Echoes International Library of Poetry "Zoe" The New Yorker 2002 "Dance of the Butterflies" Letters from the Soul (Fall 2002) International Library of Poetry "Samii" New Millennium Poets (Fall 2002) Famous Poets International/Famous Poets Society "Samii's Favorite Toy" New Millennium Poets Famous Poets Society "Spaz" The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 International Library of Poetry 2003 Rocky and Raquel Letters From the Soul International Library of Poetry (March 2003) "The Cat Who Drowned The Mouse" Inspirations Limited Cader Publishing (Fall 2003) "Kitties Don't Eat Broccoli" Inspirations Limited Cader Publishing (Fall 2003) "Samii's Favorite Toy" Inspirations Limited Cader Publishing (Fall 2003) "I Love You, My Samii" Eternal Portraits International Library of Poetry 2004 "Amelia" Eternal Portraits International Library of Poetry "Cleopatra" Immortal Verses International Library of Poetry "Dance of the Butterflies" The Sound of Poetry International Library of Poetry 2007 "Angel of Hope" Immortal Verses International Library of Poetry 2008 "Me & Irene" Immortal Verses International Library of Poetry "Me & Irene" The Sound of Poetry International Library of Poetry 2009 "Me & Irene" Great Poems of the Western World Famous Poets Society                                                                                                [News Page is frequently updated.]


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Valerie Ann Thomas-Born October 19, 1959 in Quincy, MA to parents John and Astrid Thomas. During her youth, Valerie's family moved from Quincy to Braintree and finally settled in Hingham, MA. She graduated from Hingham High School in 1978. Valerie received B.A. degree in American Studies, Minor degree in Anthropology, and also, The B.A. Award for Distinction in American Studies from Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA) in 1982. She received her M.L.S. in Library Science with Concentration in Archival Management from Simmons Graduate School for Library & Information Science (Boston, MA) in 1987. Valerie became a Certified Librarian in Massachusetts in 1994. She was Librarian/Archivist for AccuFile, Inc. and provided professional library services for law firms, accounting, tax and corporate firms and financial institutions in the Boston Financial District. The government budget for FY 2005 due to the lack of government funding closed her position at one of her major clients as Assistant Librarian at the State Transportation Library. From 1999 until Spring 2005, for five years, Valerie maintained their extensive library and archival collections. In addition, her specialization in Photographic Archives influenced the expansion of the Library's Archives. With her extensive background in cataloging and bar-coding, most of the library's collections were made available online through Online Computer Library Catalog (OCLC) and also MetroBoston Library Network (MBLN). Her professional style represented the Library's professional public image among the best libraries in Boston. In March 2005, Valerie became the new Archivist at the Hingham Historical Society. She continued in her profession of Library Science and Archives. At the local level, she became an integral part of the history of Hingham, Massachusetts. As the Town's Archivist she coordinated the efforts of local historical societies, the Hingham Public Library, and the HHS Archives to provide the public with adequate and efficient access to historic information. Valerie provided description, cataloging, access, and preservation of numerous materials documenting the wealth of information pertaining to prominent Hingham families and the historic community of Hingham, Massachusetts. In the near future, the transfer from a manual to an online system will promote their extensive 18th-19th century library and archival collections, and also, photographic and archaeological collections. However, in February 2009, Hingham's budget closed Valerie's position. Among her many accomplishments as Archivist for the Hingham Historical Society, Valerie worked with Hingham Town Hall, Hingham Public Library, the History Department of Hingham High School, and Hingham Historic Commission (with Andrea Young).       During the past four and a half years Valerie has written 12 research finding aids for the HHS Archives. These include:                                                            *  Native American Collection      *  General Wilmon W. Blackmar Civil War Book Collection                                                                                                                                                      *  Guide to the Audio-Visual Collections                                                                                                                                                                                    *  Guide to Gravestones & Transcriptions of the Hingham Cemeteries: Fort Hill Street Cemetery, High Street Cemetery, Hingham                                         Cemetery, Hingham Center Cemetery, and Liberty Plain Cemetery                    *  Index to Historic Buildings, Homes, and Properties of Interest in Hingham, MA                                                                                                                    *  Guide to Oral History Collection                                                                                                                                                                                            * Guide to the Collection of Paintings by Franklin Whiting Rogers                                                                                                                                            * Guide to the Collection of Watercolor Paintings by Howard Leavitt Horton      * Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Collection      * Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Collection      * Abraham Lincoln Collection: A Compilation of Available Resources. In addition, articles in the Hingham Journal were published respectively, October 20, 2005 and October 18, 2007. The first article "Hingham history is in good hands" focused on her work as Archivist, describes her qualifications and experience to manage the historical society's collections. The second article "Greenbush: Train station panels provide history lesson" describes Valerie's efforts in coordination of work with MBTA, Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL), and the Massachusetts Historical Commission to provide historic interpretive panels at West Hingham and Nantasket Junction stations for the Commuter Rail in Hingham. Valerie researched the photographs in the HHS Archives which are pertinent to railroads for final selection of images. Miss Thomas has written finding aids, catalogs, and reports on numerous subjects, which include anthropology, archaeology, genealogy, library science, art, and photography. Her publications include:            * "Christmas Cookies" published in writing club Pegasus, co-editor Hingham, MA) 1978            * "Do You Own Old Family Photos?" article published in Packard's Progress Newsletter (Torrance, CA) 1980                                                                      * Completion Report of the Collections Accountability Team Project for the Archives Manuscript Collections of the Theodore Roosevelt                                 Birthplace National Historic Site (U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service), 1992. Other written works include:             * Textile Industry of the 18th and 19th Centuries in New England: Phoenixville, Connecticut (1981)  [BA THESIS]                Recipient of B.A. Award for Distinction in American Studies from President Rosemary Ashby upon graduation from Pine Manor                                          College (1982)            * Mayan Mythology (1982)            * The Papers of Daniel Hathorne and Family at the Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library (1983)            * Preoccupation with Death in Puritan New England: Hingham, Massachusetts (1983)            * Inventory of the Records of The Boston Society of Natural History of The Archives of the Museum of Science (1984)            * The Archival & Manuscript Collections of The Robert Bennet Forbes Collection of The China Trade Museum and The Archives of the                                 Massachusetts Historical Society (1985)               Received public recognition for outstanding contribution to the Boston community and entered in THE NATIONAL REGISTER.           *  Photographic Archives of the North American Ethnology Collection at The Archives of The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology           *  Online Subject Access to Anthropological Literature which was deemed noteworthy for future publication (1986)           *  Preservation of The Dead Sea Scrolls           *  Quincy Syrian Bakery: Four Generations of Bakers in the Thomas Family (1987)           *  Proposal for the Preservation of The Thomas Family Collection: The Quincy Syrian Bakery (1992) Valerie has lectured extensively to children and adults on historic and prehistoric archaeology from 1982 to 1986 for The North River Chapter of The Massachusetts Archaeological Society. Held positions of Secretary, Historic/Prehistoric Archaeologist and Educational Liaison for The North River Archaeology Chapter (Norwell, MA).  Valerie has been the Family historian for The Thomas Family since 1976. Past member of the American Association of State & Local History, National Geographic Society, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Current member of New England Archivists.                                                                              "Research is my forte but creative writing is my passion." Valerie discovered that she was writing short stories since she was seven years old. "I took a class in creative writing back in High School. My teachers recognized my ability for writing short stories and especially poetry. I became one of three editors for a writing club called Pegasus. I never really thought about submitting any of my poetry until 1999. But my skill in writing poetry was recognized by The Famous Poets Society, and also, The International Library of Poetry." Valerie also received recognition for her outstanding support in promoting special events. Her special letter to the U.S. Olympic Team was read before the 1998 Opening Ceremony in Nagano, Japan. She also received a thank you card from The Kennedy Family. Her letter of sympathy to The Kennedy family in memory of JFK, Jr. will be treasured forever. Valerie spent most of her time in the JFK Library at U-Mass/Boston doing extensive research. She has more of a personal connection to The Kennedy family from a totally different perspective unknown to anyone else. She saw beautiful photographs and personal papers that document their most intimate and special moments together as a family. JFK, Jr, and Valerie both share not only a common bond -- their love for history and their passion for writing but also they share the same morals and values to pursue their own dreams and future potential in life -- to educate and help people all over the world.                                                                                           [To be continued...Under construction.]

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