Column: Westfield’s history helps to shape its future

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Diana Peyton and her granddaughter, Madison, visit Santa Claus while enjoying the festivities of Westfield in Lights on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)

Diana Peyton and her granddaughter, Madison, visit Santa Claus while enjoying the festivities of Westfield in Lights on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)

Commentary by Diana Peyton

Westfield is more than just a workplace for me; it is my home. I was raised in Westfield, I raised my three sons in Westfield and now I get to watch my grandchildren grow up in Westfield. I have been honored to work for, what was once a town and now a city, for 19 years.

What I love most about my job as the human resources manager, is the people. I get to personally touch the lives of those who work for Westfield by helping them with some of their most intimate problems. Sometimes I have to deliver difficult news, but a lot of the times I get to hold their hands and help them make tough decisions. I’m honored that employees have put so much faith and trust in me.

Westfield is on a fast track. It is incredible to witness all that has happened in the last eight years. I love learning about all of the new projects and the great opportunities Westfield has to offer for my children and grandchildren, but something that is close to my heart is the city’s rich history.

I am one of the founders of the Westfield Washington Historical Society and Museum. The organization was created 17 years ago, because we saw a need to preserve and protect Westfield’s history. My favorite part is when a group of school children walk in our doors and we get to show them a world that once was. I love to see the looks on their faces when they see a picture of a familiar Westfield spot, dated 100 years ago.

I love to teach people the past, but I also love to work for a city that is moving toward a bright future. I’m a true believer that Westfield can’t successfully grow and prosper without knowing and understanding the city’s roots and I think Westfield is off to a great start.

If you would like to visit the Westfield Washington Historical Society and Museum, we are located in the old fire station at 145 S. Union St. We are open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please stop by, I would love to take you on a little journey back in time.

Diana Peyton is the human resources manager for the City of Westfield. She may be contacted at 804-3005. For more information on the Westfield Washington Historical Society and Museum, visit www.facebook.com/WestfieldHistory.


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