Effective October 19th, the Board of Directors of the Paris Museum & Historical Society approved the installation of vice-chair Carol Goar as acting chair of PMHS.
This development was prompted by the resignation of Ursula O’Brien. Ursula served on the board for five years, the last two as chair. She guided the museum through the challenges of pandemic closures and lockdowns, organizing the first ever Paris Museum annual general meeting conducted online. She oversaw the continuing digitization of the museum, including remote access for researchers.
Also leaving the board after two plus years is Jim Graber. In his time on the board, Jim planned and completed a number of infrastructure projects including improved signage, a passed members memorial plaque, and the installation of the museum’s original Robert Whale portraits of Paris founders Hiram and Mary Capron. He also began the digitization of the museum’s massive collection of photographic negatives.
Everyone at the museum wishes Ursula and Jim well.
Members will have an opportunity to elect the board’s next chair at the museum’s annual general meeting in April 2022.