Mayor Setti Warren and Historic Newton today announced the appointment of Lisa Dady as the new Director of the Jackson Homestead and Museum and of Historic Newton, effective February 25, 2015. Ms. Dady succeeds Cindy Stone who retires on January 9, 2015 after serving as Director for eight and a half years. The appointment of Ms. Dady was the result of a three month search run jointly by The City of Newton and Historic Newton.
Ms Dady has been the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Newport Restoration Foundation in Newport, RI, since 2004. In that role she was responsible for all aspects of education and public programs at three museums, including collections management, exhibit design, public programming, community outreach, strategic planning and personnel management. During her tenure at the Foundation she succeeded at increasing attendance by 80% and focused on improving accessibility and cultivating diverse audiences with "out of the ordinary" events. In her prior position at the Rhode Island Historical Society, she played a key role in the institution’s Smithsonian Affiliations Program, including exhibit development, public programming and budget management.
Mayor Warren commented: "Lisa’s accomplishments and creativity made her the clear choice for this key position in our City. Historic Newton is a shining example of a public private partnership that greatly enhances the cultural and educational life of our city. Lisa’s experience in envisioning and implementing novel programing will be a tremendous asset to both Historic Newton and our City. We welcome her to her new role. Thank you to Cindy Stone for her excellent work on behalf of the City and Historic Newton; we wish her the best in her retirement."
Carl M. Cohen, President of Historic Newton, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Lisa as the new Director of Historic Newton. Lisa brings a wealth of experience in museum operations and a flair for creative and innovative programming. We are confident that Lisa’s energy and vision coupled with her solid management background will be catalysts for growth and innovation at Historic Newton in the coming years."
The City’s Jackson Homestead and Museum and the non-profit Newton Historical Society operate in a public-private partnership as Historic Newton. Under the Historic Newton umbrella are the Jackson Homestead and Museum, the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, and the East Parish, West Parish, and South Burying Grounds. Historic Newton also organizes and runs the Annual House Tour, the Annual Preservation Awards, the Historic Markers program, Walking Tours, and an exciting mix of educational programs, exhibits, and publications. Additional information is available at www.historicnewton.org.