The thrill is in the hunt as much as in the finding. Whether it’s digging for something that hasn’t seen daylight in a couple of hundred years or seeking written or photographic treasure in archived material, the search is where the excitement is. Having a chance to get kids started down that path is icing on the cake. And sometimes, as in the case of the Shingle House cistern, it’s the kids who make the big discovery.
I’m so excited to be part of changing the perception of the Warwick Historical Society. There is so much history here and people in general feel it’s not consumable for the masses. Once you actually take the time to take a tour and visit the buildings you get an experience that is truly amazing and can feel like you are part of our great country’s history. I look forward to using my experience to provide guidance to help change the digital face and user journey for users of the Historical Society Digital properties.
I have always been a historian at heart, and there is such an abun-dance of touchable history preserved here in Warwick. I joined the Society in 2008 when I moved into the village as a way to meet my new neighbors. I tried working in the gift shop, as a docent and event planning. But I really found my niche in the clothing department where I can use my computer skills to document the collection and have the pleasure of putting together clothing exhibits. As a bonus, I have made new friends. Warwick now feels like home.
Responsible for fund raising, special events, endowments, and long range fiscal planning.
• Board Development/Nominating Committee: Responsible for:
• Selecting its own chair from among its members.
• Defining priorities in nominating new board members.
• Recruiting and meeting with prospective board members and recommending candidates to the board.
• Preparing job descriptions for the board’s officers and trustees.
• Conducting training sessions for new board members and appointing mentors from the existing board to assist each new appointee.
Buildings and Grounds:
• The care, maintenance and insurance coverage of the society’s properties.
• Oversight and authority over all signage used by the society.
• Work in concert with the Orange and Dutchess Garden Club, which is responsible for the care and maintenance of the 1810 House garden.
• Organizing and arranging for the buildings to be open and available for tours.
• Acquisition of items deemed desirable for the society to accession and de-accession following society practices (see, on file, the society’s Collections Management Policy for the full rules guiding acquisitions to, and de-accessions from, the society’s collections).
• Oversight of all of the society’s exhibits and displays of a historical nature.
• Oversight of all educational programs offered by the society.
• Coordinating with Buildings & Grounds for development of society signage.
• Finance/Audit/Budget: The chair of this committee shall be a trustee without authority to sign checks for the Society. It shall be composed of a minimum of three board members other than the treasurer and president, The committee shall:
• Arrange for the annual review or audit of the society’s financial records.
• Prepare a proposed budget to be presented at the board meeting following the annual meeting.
• Oversee budget expenditures.
• Oversee investments and report to the board on the performance of these investments on a quarterly basis.