Category Archives: People

Promotions, appointments, staff changes, retirements, obits, etc.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Appoints New Executive Director

michael SmilesThe Board of Directors of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Michael “Mike” Smiles as our new Executive Director. Mike assumes the role from Erick Tichonuk, who is stepping down from the position.  He begins the leadership role on January 5, 2015.

“Mike brings a breadth of experience that will broaden the Museum’s impact in reaching and serving diverse audiences through our collection of historic replica vessels, innovative education programs, hands-on rowing programs, publications, research, and permanent and traveling exhibits,” said Board Chair Bob Beach. “We’re delighted to have him join our team of highly dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and engaged members and donors as we begin our 30th year of operation.”

Click here to read more about Mike and this exciting transition for LCMM.

Hull Lifesaving Museum Announces New Executive Director

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Hull Lifesaving Museum, I am very pleased and excited to announce the selection of Peter Wild as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective in early December. Peter brings more than 30 years of marketing and management experience to this role, along with an extensive nautical and maritime background – a great combination for us!

His professional experience has included strategic marketing and advertising for major corporate accounts, growing a sustainable magazine and conference business, and most recently serving as Executive Director of a disease research non-profit. Through these positions he has gained extensive experience in fund development, program development and evaluation, marketing and communications and financial management.

In addition, Peter has developed and published award-winning video instructional programs related to the sea, such as The Annapolis Book of Seamanship (5 volumes), and has logged over 10,000 blue-water miles as crew on offshore racing sloops in UK and US, and as owner of a 38ft. offshore cruising sloop. A native of England, he has received life-saving awards from the UK’s Royal Life Saving Society, including Instructor, Bronze Cross and Award of Merit. He also is a Triathalon and Offshore Swim Competitor.

Peter and his wife Kay are relocating to the Boston area from Connecticut. I look forward to introducing him to you in person soon.

Under Peter’s leadership, we will begin a new phase of growth and opportunity for HLM, building on our wonderful existing programs and developing new ones. We are excited to be moving forward and appreciate your continuing support.

With thanks,
Robert W. MacIntyre
Board Chair

NHA Hires Michael R. Harrison as Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator

NHA_Chief CuratorThe Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael R. Harrison in the position of Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator. Harrison will officially begin his duties in his new role on Monday, June 30, 2014.

“The collections and properties of the NHA provide a welcome opportunity to combine my interests in maritime, social, and architectural history,” says Harrison. “I’m excited to work with my new colleagues to create exciting exhibitions and programs that link local stories and the local built environment to regional, national, and even international themes and developments.”

“The history of whaling has been featured in other museum projects I’ve done, so the island’s historic importance is very familiar,” says Harrison. “I’m looking forward to diving more deeply into the many aspects of Nantucket’s history and seeing what stories we at the NHA can tell about the island and its people over time.”

In his position as Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator, Harrison will head the curatorial and historic properties departments and have oversight of the association’s collections and exhibition programs, including its historic properties. He will be responsible for the management, care, research and interpretation of the NHA holdings in the fine and decorative arts, historic and prehistoric artifacts, historic structures and NHA Research Library holdings.