New Director Hired at Stephenson County Historical Society

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STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Stephenson County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Sharon Welton has been hired as the new Executive Director at the Stephenson County Historical Museum effective March 30, 2014.

Ms. Welton who most recently was the Executive Director of the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mt. Carroll, Illinois brings considerable expertise to the Historical Society. She has six years of non-profit directorship experience, experience in programing, arboretum and master gardening, budget and financial planning, artifact collections care and exhibit design, as well as a commitment to the local community and its history. She has been a member of the Lena Area Historical Society since 1988 serving in a variety of capacities including as project director for the 2006 museum expansion and has served on the Board of Directors of the Stephenson County Historical Society since 2010.

According to the Society’s President Connie Sorn, “After a thorough search, the Board of Directors believes that Sharon will be a wonderful new Director. Her museum background, collections and arboretum expertise, and passion for Stephenson County history will serve to expand our programming and exhibits, and will assist us in our mission of preserving and promoting Stephenson County history. She will work closely with the Freeport Park District, owner of the museum complex, to insure that the museum continues to be one of the premier attractions in our area.”

Ms. Welton replaces Dr. Edward Finch who is retiring.

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