How are you connected to the Montshire?
I am a member, donor, former trustee (1993-1997) and Development Council member (2010-2012). I also enjoy the events for the Montshire River Society.
Why do you choose to be involved?
I am involved and support the Montshire for several reasons. The Montshire provides incredible experiences for children, families, and adults. I was fortunate to have a mother who took me to museums as a child. That early exposure made a significant impact on my life and I want other children to have that opportunity.
I've been involved with several museums over the years. I was on the board of the Boston Children’s Museum, and when we moved to the Upper Valley someone who knew about my background connected me with the Montshire.
When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
When we moved to Hanover; the Museum was located in the old bowling alley in Hanover. I've been part of the Montshire ever since then.
What is your favorite Montshire experience?
Seeing young visitors completely engaged in the exhibits and activities. Also seeing the parents and grandparents interact with their kids.
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
How incredibly fortunate the Upper Valley is to have such a fantastic museum, and that it is worth supporting. I have watched its development over the years, from above a bowling alley, to a state-of-the-art museum with a beautiful campus (excellent parking lot!), and the new pavilion for planning outdoor education and activities. It is both a beautiful and educational place for families to visit.
Since I am from an arts background, I also like how the Montshire has blended art into the science programs.
Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?
Fantastic, Fabulous, Futuristic, and Friendly
What do you think the Montshire will be like in ten years?
I'm not sure, but I hope the 'feel' of the Museum doesn't change. I am certain that the Montshire will continue to evolve in an appropriate way since the museum has excellent management and an involved board.
What do you find most rewarding about supporting the Montshire?
Several things—Seeing families interacting as they discover new things. I really enjoy supporting a museum that's well run, and the Montshire's leadership, staff, and volunteers are outstanding.
Which other museums do you enjoy visiting?
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. I serve on the board of the Museum Trustee Association, a national organization for the education and support of museum trustees, and we meet several times a year in various US cities. We often visit science museums, and when I return to the Montshire, I am always proud of our exhibits, programs and special events.