An education specialist with the Otter Tail County Historical Society, Hermes is quick to share her knowledge and talents with the AAUW and community/county-wide organizations. In particular, she has made extensive research and has shared the histories of people “whose stories are often left untold: women, minorities, veterans, people with mental and physical disabilities, and average people who have lived extraordinary lives,” Hermes said. Some of her presentations include Jewish Pioneers of Otter Tail County, The African American Experience in Otter Tail County, History of Women in Otter Tail County, and The Feminine Side of the Civil War and Otter Tail County.Hermes writes the interesting, engaging histories of all the houses on the AAUW’s biannual Holiday Tour of Homes.
Hermes and her husband, Paul, have two sons. She has been very involved in the Boy Scouts program, in which her sons were both active.The Woman of the Year award includes a $100 donation to an organization of Hermes’ choice. She chose the Otter Tail County Historical Society.