Montshire Profile

Barbara Blough, October 2010

How are you connected to the Montshire?
Currently: member of Magic Carpet, MAF, Development Council, Legacy Giving, Trustee Prior years: Volunteer Advisory Council (chair), MAF (chair), capital campaigns (2)

What is your favorite exhibit?
Looking Inside

What do you wish everyone know about the Museum?
The many ways in which the Museum enhances science education beyond their walls.

Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?

When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
When the Museum was still in the old bowling alley on Lyme Road.

What do you wish we could do that we aren't doing now?
Find a way to get more recognition and continuing annual support from community foundations that understand how our outreach programs benefit the science programs of schools in our region.

What do you find most rewarding about volunteering/working at the Montshire?
It would have to be working with the great staff and serving along side so many equally great volunteers, all of whom love what they do and care deeply about the Montshire.

How long have you volunteered at the Museum?
Since retiring from Dartmouth Medical School in 1990.

What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
All that David Goudy's leadership has meant to advancing the Museum from those early hardscrabble days to the thriving, imaginative, well-run enterprise it is today —and what an inspiration he is to those of us who work with him.

What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
It's hard to beat the story of the beginnings of the Magic Carpet program, undertaken as the first fund-raising venture of the fledgling bowling alley museum. With no actual kitchen, stove (just a hot plate), dining room, chairs, tables, etc.-- a small group of women found a way to entice, entertain, enlist members and establish a friend-raising program that continues to this day.


Montshire Museum of Science Engage the Senses