Because of her passion for local history, all contributions made to the Foundation in honor of Cristie Herbst will be placed in The James C. O’Brien and Cristie L. Herbst Fund for Local History.
Created after the passing of James O’Brien in 2014, this fund provides financial support to Chautauqua County city, town and village historical societies, as well as, local historical education initiatives.
About Cristie Herbst
From her first experience as a high school student in Mayville fundraising for the American Field Service Chapter with her family, Cristie has witnessed first-hand the dynamic power volunteering can have on a community.
During her early days as a reporter at The Post-Journal in the 1970s up until her retirement as the paper’s first female editor in 2013, Cristie’s natural inclination toward, and eventual passion for, citizenship led her to become involved with many community organizations.
For years she volunteered with local Girl Scout troops, mentoring the young women, while also taking on a leadership role with the Chautauqua Area Girl Scout Council.
Her skill in providing solid, unbiased direction is evident in many organizational mergers. Cristie served as a member of the Jamestown Boys Club when it combined with the Jamestown Girls Club to become the Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club. More recently, Cristie was president of the WCA Foundation when WCA Hospital became affiliated with UPMC.
Other organizations Cristie has volunteered for include:
- American Red Cross, Chautauqua County Chapter – Director
- Chautauqua Region Community Foundation – Board of Directors, secretary
- Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care – Board of Directors and founding member
- SUNY Fredonia, President’s Council on Media -Member
- UPMC Chautauqua – Board of Directors
Now retired, Cristie continues her service as a volunteer and president of the Board of Trustees at the Chautauqua County Historical Society, which also operates the McClurg Museum in Westfield. Recently, under Cristie’s leadership, the Historical Society entered into a partnership with the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Department to operate a museum at the Barcelona Lighthouse.