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From the President

A short while ago, I informed the Board of Trustees of my decision to retire from the position of President of SPNEA. After ten years here and forty years in New England history museums, I have decided to devote more time to my family and to the research and writing I have long wanted to do.

Of course, SPNEA remains committed to furthering its goals of audience development and preservation. Our major exhibition, "Cherished Possessions," has received significant funding and will be opening in the summer of 2003 at the Colby College Art Museum in Waterville, Maine, before traveling to venues across the country. At MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, an international roster of artists will present interpretations of objects from SPNEA's collections, focusing on themes of history, memory, and identity. Intensive public programming, a full schedule of traveling exhibitions, and careful restoration work will continue to characterize SPNEA.

With so much happening here, it will be hard for me to say goodbye, but I know that our dedicated and talented Trustees, Council Members, and staff will continue to guide SPNEA into the future. I am grateful to members, friends, and donors for their generous support and want to thank the many I have come to know personally for their friendship. I trust these warm relationships will continue after September, when I begin to explore new dimensions in my life as a scholar and grandmother.

-Jane C. Nylander

From the President