The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society has named Erin McGough as the new Executive Director of the Society.
McGough has been the interim Executive Director since September 2013, when former Executive Director Patrick Browne stepped down. Following her appointment as interim director, the DRHS trustees started the search for a permanent director. A committee of seven members was formed and interviewed several applicants.
“Erin clearly stood out, offering an outstanding combination of experience, vision, organization and personal skills,” said David Corey, DRHS Board of Trustees President. “[She] has done a superb job of keeping the Society moving forward while simultaneously managing the transition.”
Corey highlighted McGough’s recent work with DRHS, including “Digging Duxbury: The Brewster Homestead’s Archaeological Past,” the historic cloth- ing talks at the Duxbury Free Library, Linda Meyes’ one- woman show on Abigail Adams and the “Christmas at King Caesar” event.
McGough, who came to the DRHS two years ago, was formerly the collections manager at DRHS, and in the role she organized inventory, annotated collections and put together a comprehensive policy for accessioning and maintaining the collections. With 15 years of experience, McGough previously worked for the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Concord Museum.
“The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is very lucky to have such an accomplished and capable director who can lead the Society into a new era as we expand our mission to include the issues that matter to a diverse membership,” Corey said.
McGough said she is “excited and honored” to be of- fered the position and is looking forward to working with the staff and board of trustees to bring new activities to the Society.
“I’ve grown to appreciate and admire the membership and tremendous volunteer base in my years working for the Society,” she said. “We have a talented board that helps to create a dynamic institution and I have become very committed to taking steps forward to play out some visions we have for the future.”
McGough, who spent five and a half months working as the interim director of the Society, said that opportunity was sort of like a training for her, helping her become accustomed to the ins and outs of administrative duties with the Society.
“Even though I had no idea if I would be offered the position, I had five months to get used to the idea of working as the director,” she said. “I had a wonderful opportunity to learn even more about the society and it puts us in a good position to move forward and step off quickly.”
McGough credited former executive director Patrick Browne with putting the Society in a good financial position, with a solid membership and volunteer base. Her goal is to start to grow memberships, by appealing to a growing demographic of young families and children in the community.
“We are in a position where we are so stable we can afford to experiment a little with new programs and new ideas while still being reassured the society will continue on as it has,” she said. “That is a great gift that he gave us.”