Friends of Museums elect board members

Since 2009, when the Friends of the Museums assumed operation of the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums, each year has been more successful than the previous. Attendance at Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museums is up once again and numbers continue to climb. The Friends have had a busy but exciting year with many new improvements. A thriving Inland Waterways Festival kicked off the 2013-14 fiscal year with attendance of 2,000+ visitors. Planning has begun for the 2015 festival with the addition of more activities and entertainment for all ages. After undergoing eight months of exterior restoration, the W.P. Snyder Jr. returned to her resting place at the Ohio River Museum and continues to draw crowds! The replacement of the Campus Martius Museum wall along Washington Street has become a statement piece for the museum complex. After falling in 2011, the Ohio History Connection worked diligently on a new design. Once funding was secured, work began, and now the wall stands to welcome visitors to Marietta.

These projects require a tremendous amount of time and effort from the Friends of the Museums as well as the Ohio History Connection. Just as the museums continue to change, the board of trustees follows suit. Thursday evening, the Friends of the Museums annual meeting was held at Campus Martius Museum where they voted on their slate of officers. Members of the new Friends of the Museums board are: Jeri Knowlton, Executive Director of the Marietta/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Charlotte Keim, President & CEO of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, Mark Kerenyi, Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge, Greg Gentry, Gregory Gentry & Associates, LLC., Cheryl Cook, Principal of Harmar Elementary School, David Baker, Retired Senior Financial Advisor, Martha Tipton, Retired Professor of Marietta College, Jean Yost, President of Marietta Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, Nancy Hollister, career in government and community service, Dave Archer, CEO of Pioneer Pipe, Norman Pape, retired controller for the Marietta Ford dealership, and Jeffrey Spear, Consignor Representative & Catalog Specialist at Garth’s Auction House will remain on the board as an ex-officio member. Many thanks are given to Ken Finkel, President of the Washington County Historical Society, for his dedication to the Friends over the past five years.

For more information: Campus Martius Museum at (740) 373-3750.