New Regional Manager for Northern New England

Apr 23, 2018

Gwendolyn L. Smith is appointed regional site manager at Historic New England

As the regional site manager, Smith works as Historic New England’s liaison to communities in northern New England. She is directly responsible for managing five historic properties in New Hampshire: Governor John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, and Jackson House in Portsmouth, Gilman Garrison House in Exeter, and Barrett House in New Ipswich, and supervises two site managers to operate six historic properties in Maine.

“I am thrilled to join Historic New England and delighted to be working out of Langdon House,” said Smith. “Our three houses in Portsmouth feature glorious architecture and interiors spanning more than 350 years with many stories of the cultures and ideas of the vibrant Piscataqua landscape. We have a wonderful exhibition, A Life in Color: Two Cultural Makers Centuries Apartopening at Langdon House on June 1. It features the bold work of Portsmouth artist Richard Haynes and is done in partnership with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. We also have many fun programs planned for this summer and fall.”

Prior to her appointment as regional site manager, Smith was a specialist in European decorative arts and furniture at Skinner Inc. and curator at the Coe Hall Estate, Planting Fields Foundation on Long Island. She has worked as exhibitions projects coordinator at Peabody Essex Museum and held positions at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Strawbery Banke. Smith holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College, an M.A. in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and is a 2013 Attingham Trust Summer School scholar. She is a member of the American Ceramics Circle and the Decorative Arts Trust.

Stop by and say hello to Gwendolyn during the opening reception for A Life in Color: Two Cultural Makers Centuries Apart on June 1 or during our Open House on June 2.