Let’s start off with a little bit about you and the journey you’ve taken to arrive where you are today?
Growing up, my parents often brought me to museums and historic sites. I was always fascinated with what was behind the “staff only” signs and roped-off areas. This fascination, combined with my love of history, led me to achieve a BA in History and, a few years later, a MA in Public History. After working at various museums in the Northeast, I was offered the position of Director at Fort William Henry Museum.
Why did you want to be the executive director of The Fort William Henry Museum?
My very first job after graduating college was at Fort William Henry. I was a guide, leading military demonstrations, teaching visitors about the Fort’s history, and shooting a musket and cannon dressed as an 18th-century British soldier. It is where I truly fell in love with how a history museum can educate visitors in a fun and exciting way. Often I feel like we trick people into learning when they visit us!
For you, what is the importance of a place like the Fort William Henry Museum?
Fort William Henry, and other living history museums like it, allow the visitor to step back in time in a sense and learn what it was like for those British and Provincial soldiers stationed here in the 1750s. Visitors interacting with uniformed reenactors take the museum experience to an entirely new level. Some people learn best while reading and enjoying the exhibits around the Fort, and others enjoy interacting and listening to guides teach them about the history of the Fort. I think we are very fortunate to offer both opportunities at the Museum.
What can visitors, students, and community members expect to see when they visit the museum?
Over the next few years, visitors can expect to see exhibit upgrades, more interactive displays, and additional technological elements in the museum!