The Luzerne County Historical Society is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., has been named to the board of directors of PA Museums (formerly the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Places). Based in Harrisburg, and founded in 1905, PA Museums is Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and institutions. The organization creates and supports the museum community in Pennsylvania through its advocacy work, professional development programs, information sharing, and an annual awards program to recognize exemplary work in the Commonwealth, as well as an annual conference that brings together museum professionals from across the state.
Newell came to the Luzerne County Historical Society as Executive Director in November 2016. She has more than twenty years of museum experience, previously working at the Nantucket Historical Association, Old Sturbridge Village and the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and recently completed an MBA, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from Suffolk University in Boston.
“I am honored to join the PA Museums board,” Newell said. “The organization offers vital networking and professional development to Pennsylvania museums and their staff members. I look forward to helping PA Museums to grow and to foster greater connections among museums throughout the state.”