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CAROL MAJAHAD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Carol J. Majahad is the Executive Director and Educator/Program Director for the North Andover Historical Society.

The Executive Director is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the Society including the business operations, grant writing and administration as well as coordinating the maintenance of all the Society’s physical sites.

The Executive Director is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the Society including the business operations, grant writing and administration as well as coordinating the maintenance of all the Society’s physical sites.

She oversees the staff and volunteers in all areas of collections, research,marketing, membership and development. As Educator, she creates all exhibits and other site interpretation, and develops and conducts all programming  for both children and adults.

As Educator, she creates all exhibits and other site interpretation, and develops and conducts all programming for both children and adults.

Carol has served as Director since 1988 and celebrates her 25th anniversary in 2013 coinciding with the 100th anniversary year of the North Andover Historical Society. She previously served as the Curator of American Cultural Material at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, was a consultant and instructor of textile history at the Madison (CT) Historical Society and a summer project volunteer at the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

She is a product of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies and served her NEH funded internship as the Costume Curator at the Oregon State Historical Society. Her undergraduate degree is in American Studies from Connecticut College, New London CT.


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INGA LARSON, CURATOR OF ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

 

 

Inga Larson is the Curator for Archival & Research Materials for the S. Forbes Rockwell Library and Archive of the Historical Society.

In conjunction with the Director, the Curator is responsible for the organization and management of the archive and library materials. The Curator assists visitors to the Library & Archive, in person and via online and written inquiries, catalogs items, undertakes research, produces a newsletter, and guides interns with projects that extend into the Library & Archive.

A graduate of North Andover High School, with a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a MA from the University of York, Inga started a museum career with internship experience at the Trustees of Reservations and Strawbery Banke. She was an Assistant to the Director at the North Andover Historical Society for a short spell in 1989.

Inga returned to the Society in 2002 as a consultant curator aiding with short term projects. In 2008 she took on her present role. Previous to 2002 she was employed in England at several institutions including English Heritage, York Castle Museum and The York Minster Library.


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JAN WILLIAMS, COLLECTIONS MANAGER

 

 

Jan is responsible for the care, preservation and cataloging of the North Andover Society's three dimension artifacts at the Historical Society.

The Collection Manager is responsible for documentation and re-housing of objects, collections storage and maintaining artifact records in the database. Additionally, the Collections Manager works with the Collection Committee making recommendations to refine the current collection and identify objects for possible deaccession. The Collection manager assists with artifact retrieval and exhibits when necessary.

Jan has worked at the Society for three separate contract periods since 2001. She apprentice trained for five years as a textile conservation technician at the Textile Conservation Center in Lowell, MA.

While at the TCC she worked on the Jackie Kennedy traveling exhibit at the MMA in NYC and at the JFK Library and Museum, Boston specializing in hat conservation.

She worked as an independent contractor in textile conservation services for four years including contracts with Harvard Art as a gilding conservation technician and with Betsy Lahikainen of the Peabody Essex Museum as an upholstery conservation technician.

She was also the conservation housekeeper for the seven historic houses at the Peabody Essex Museum. She is adjunct faculty for the School of Fashion Design in Boston teaching their millinery courses.


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Kathy Hirbour, Textile Arts Educator

 

 

Kathy recently joined the education team at the North Andover Historical Society.

A graduate of the former Lowell State Teachers college, Kathy has a degree in History and Elementary Education. With over forty years of teaching experience, she continues to pursue her passion of teaching children. 

Having taught in the past in the Lowell public schools, Kathy has been the Coordinator of Education for the American Textile History Museum for the last twenty years. Here she not only taught programs for the schools but guided many adult tours, taught homeschool programs, offered badges to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and offered programs for Girls Inc.

She continues all the programs as the intellectual property moved to the North Andover Historical Society.

Kathy is excited to bring a textile and language arts component to all the programs. Animals have a great connection not only to the textiles but to many stories.