The award recognizes an individual outside the museum profession for extraordinary achievement in service and outstanding support of Louisiana museums, involving long-term commitment to them and participation in statewide museum activities.
Wernet has overseen the Cammie G. Henry Research Center in Watson Library since 1988. Before joining Northwestern State’s faculty, she was an appraisal archivist with the Louisiana State Archives and an oil and gas title abstractor with Caddo Abstract and Title Company in Shreveport.
She holds a master’s in history with a concentration in archives from Northwestern State, a bachelor’s in history and political science from Ball State University and an associate degree in liberal arts from Vincennes University Junior College.
Wernet has authored several articles and book reviews on Louisiana topics in Louisiana History, North Louisiana History, Louisiana Library Association Bulletin, Southwestern Archivist and Minerva Journal of Women and War. She has been project director of two Louisiana-related grants and a participant in more than a dozen grants.
She has served as a committee member and officer of several historical and archival associations. Wernet was president of the North Louisiana Historical Association, a member of the Louisiana Historical Association’s Archives and Records Committee and a member of the Louisiana Archive Training Collaborative. She is secretary of the North Louisiana Historical Association and a member of the Louisiana Historical Association board. She has delivered hundreds of presentations and mounted dozens of exhibitions highlighting the collections of the Cammie G. Henry Research Center.