Wenham Historical Association & Museum, Inc.

aka Wenham Museum   |   Wenham, MA   |  www.wenhammuseum.org

Mission

The mission of the Wenham Museum is to protect, preserve and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore. The museum seeks to fulfill this mission by living its core values of celebrating childhood, connecting generations, and honoring heritage.

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Organizational History and Key Achievements

The Wenham Museum is a ninety-one (91) year old institution. The museum was founded within the Wenham Village Improvement Society (WVIS), when a local resident donated her doll collection and her home to the town. In the 1950s, the museum was individually incorporated.

In 1997, a dedicated team of local volunteers expanded the building and bolstered the endowment. This visionary group of women, who extensively volunteered their time and efforts at the museum, recognized that the museum had grown and needed to professionalize its operations. They had the foresight to lay the groundwork for that growth.

Following the 1997 building expansion, the museum staff continued to professionalize. The organization also maintained its accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately six (6%) percent of museums and historical associations nationwide are accredited.

Generally, accreditation by the AAM requires a museum to maintain the highest standards of ethics, collections care, interpretation, and programming. It also requires that the museum operates in a sustainable manner with a focus on prudent organizational development. In July 2013, the Wenham Museum learned it received its fifth reaccreditation, making it one of handful of institutions to have been accredited five times. Receiving this news on the heels of the organization’s 90th anniversary was a proud moment for the institution.

The Wenham Museum has lofty and ambitious goals to meet the growing needs of its visitors and members as well as to preserve, grow, and interpret its collection. The Wenham Museum also seeks to maintain its accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The above goals are embodied in its Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in March 2013.

Ruling year info

1953

Executive Director

Ms. Kristin Z. Noon

Main address

132 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984 USA

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EIN

04-2152010

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Children's Museums (A52)

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Museum Interpretation & Outreach

The museum's programs include six to eight yearly exhibits such as "Once Upon a Time...Art of Folktales" and Cameras: Pinhole to Polaroid." Permanent exhibits include the International Doll Collection, Britain's Toy Soldiers, eight operating model train layouts, and the Claflin-Richards House (c. 1690) which is open for guided tours. Education programs serve over 3,500 schoolchildren yearly from seventy North Shore schools,as well as afterschool and weekend programs. Evening lectures and artisan classes are offered for adults. Special events include the North Shore Antiques Show, the Railroad Hobby Show, the Holiday Artisan Fair and the Summer Craft Fair.

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Awards

Accreditation 2013

American Alliance of Museums

Financials

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Wenham Historical Association & Museum, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. H. Ernest Stone

H. Ernest Stone, Attorney at Law, P.C.

Term: Jan 2013 - Sept 2015