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Vermont opportunity: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum position description Ken Hammer 17 Jan 1997 21:27 UTC

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, an historic non-profit library and art gallery,
seeks an Executive Director.

The person should have excellent skills in historic preservation,
development, business management and grant writing.  Experience in arts
administration, development, or museum curation would be applicable.
Perhaps more important, this person should have a strong desire to lead
the Athenaeum into the next century on a financially sound footing,
employing technology while preserving the heritage of the collections.

The Athenaeum serves the community of St. Johnsbury and the Northeast
Kingdom of Vermont as a place where poets, novelists and children's
writers of national stature read from their works in progress, where
teenagers study after school, where toddlers attend story hours and from
where homebound elders receive books and music.  The Athenaeum is one of
Vermont's ten largest libraries, with a collection of over 45,000 items.

Recently designated as a National Historic Landmark, the St. Johnsbury
Athenaeum and Art Gallery was founded in 1871 by Horace Fairbanks to
fulfill his vision of a place of culture and learning in a Vermont
community.  The building, designed by John Davis Hatch III, features a
slate mansard roof, tower and cornices to serve as an architectural
centerpiece of St. Johnsbury's lovely Victorian district.  Internally, its
crowning glory, the Art Gallery, was built especially to house Albert
Bierstadt's commanding painting, "The Domes of the Yosemite".  The Gallery
preserves intact an entire collection of the art of the period, as the
oldest art gallery in America still in its original form.

The existing staff is of high quality and is motivated to serve the
community.  The Board of Trustees has a clear vision of the opportunities
for the future of the institution, and is further ensuring that future
with a capital fund drive.  The Director will have the opportunity to take
advantage of this campaign and make a significant contribution to the arts
and literature within a supportive community.

Inquiries by email.  Please forward applications and resumes to:

John Perry, Chair
Athenaeum Search Committee
R.F.D. 2, Box 22
St. Johnsbury, Vermont  05819

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[From:    Ken Hammer <ken.hammer@CONNRIVER.NET>]