How are you connected to the Montshire?
I have the best job at the Montshire—I’m the Museum’s Events and Volunteer Coordinator! I coordinate events like the Annual Benefit Auction (mark your calendars for May 3rd!) and the Montshire Fund Celebration, and work with potential volunteers to match their skills and interests with the needs of the Museum.
Why do you choose to be involved?
I love the big picture vision of the Montshire. Science influences all aspects of our daily lives, and being part of an organization that makes science fun and accessible for everyone, regardless of age or background, is exciting.
When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
About 12 or 13 years ago, when I lived in Jericho, VT (just outside of Burlington). I came with my husband, our then toddlers, and my mother-in-law and father-in-law, who were both science teachers. I was looking through a scrapbook the other day and found pictures of us making giant bubbles.
What is your favorite Montshire experience?
Hearing the sound of discovery. There’s a partial wall between the Museum offices and the second floor exhibit area, so we hear most of what happens on the Museum floor. Often, we’ll hear things like, “Wow, this is so neat!” or “Dad, dad, come see this!” And every now and then, at 4:59, we’ll hear a toddler who really does not want to go home. My all-time favorite was the little kid shouting with joy, "I'm doing science, I'm doing science!"
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
The Montshire is so much more than a building with four walls filled with amazing, fun exhibits. We’ve got 100+ acres along the Connecticut River to explore, we partner with dozens of other organizations to provide the best opportunities for visitors to engage with science, and we’re becoming an integral part of science teaching in classrooms throughout Vermont and New Hampshire through our School Partnership Initiative.
Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?
What do you find most rewarding about supporting the Montshire in general and the current exhibition, How People Make Things, in particular?
I love when we can take a visiting exhibition, like How People Make Things, and make it relevant to the community we live in.
What do you think the Montshire will be like in ten years?
Amazing! The staff here is always working to improve upon what exists—exhibits, education programs, outdoor spaces, you name it. For example, the Elevator Bike is currently in the shop getting new electronics and finish work. So our exhibits department is taking a great piece and making it even better!
What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
It’s as much fun to work at the Montshire as it is to visit. Everyone who works here loves what they’re doing. And because the Museum is a small non-profit, it’s a very collaborative work environment—we all chip in doing whatever needs to be done. When the exhibits department was building “Toys: The Inside Story”, everyone helped out, and some of our spouses even put in some time. Each year, everyone on the Montshire staff is involved in the auction in one way or another. After the auction, everyone helps clean up and put exhibits back on the floor.
Which other museums do you enjoy visiting?
I enjoy art museums like the Currier Museum in Manchester and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.