Kinderhook, NY –
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) announces the hire of Anna M. Thompson from Newport, RI, as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.
Thompson comes to CCHS from her role as Collections Specialist at the Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island.
She has begun her new post as we close the 2015 season.
“Anna Thompson brings a wealth of historic site experience to CCHS,” said Lori Yarotsky, CCHS Executive Director. “…the combination of collections expertise and scholarly credentials was exactly what we were looking for in this months-long search. We are proud that she will lead our curatorial department during our forthcoming centennial celebration in 2016, and beyond.”
The new curator will play a key role in the implementation of CCHS’s forthcoming year-long celebration, ‘One-Hundred Years of Collecting’, which includes a major initiative to present a series of provocative exhibitions employing existing properties to tell the rich story of Columbia County culture, in line with the organization’s efforts to engage new and diverse audiences. “The Columbia County Historical Society’s collections are comprehensive and rich, and Thompson’s interpretation and presentation during our centennial year will be fresh and informative,” said Yarotsky.
In addition to her recent position at the Preservation Society of Newport County, Thompson held various positions including at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, and the Hillwood Estate and Gardens in DC.” She was awarded a Master of Arts in American Studies from the College of William and Mary.
Thompson said: “I am thrilled to join the Columbia County Historical Society as Curator and am especially excited by the opportunity to re-interpret all eras of Columbia County’s rich history and diverse heritage to a contemporary audience.”
“CCHS has an unique and varied collection which encompasses architecture, furniture, ceramics, paintings, textiles, and archives,” said Thompson, “…I look forward to making these pieces of Columbia County culture more accessible to our visitors and researchers. The upcoming centennial celebration allows for a rapid exhibition schedule that will strengthen the connection between CCHS’ three properties, museum, and the research library.”
Founded in 1916, the Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit institution committed to interpreting, and preserving the history of Columbia County, New York. CCHS owns and maintains the Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library, as well as three historic properties: the National Historic Landmark Luykas Van Alen House (1737), the James Vanderpoel House (ca. 1820), and the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse (ca. 1850).
In recent years, the Society has sustained a range of programs: the award-winning magazine Columbia County History & Heritage; a recurring lecture series; annual field-trips for all county fourth-graders; and exhibitions in the museum galleries.
For more information visit our website: http://www.CCHSNY.org