Dear Lexington Historical Society Members and Friends:
I write to you on this beautiful Patriots’ Day morning to say “thank you.” This is my last week as Executive Director of Lexington Historical Society, as I have accepted the position of Grants Manager at Homes For Our Troops based in Taunton, MA. Over the last four years, I have learned a tremendous amount about the Battle of Lexington, Lexington’s role in the Revolution, and the integral role that Lexington played in a variety of historic events and movements over the centuries. Above all, though, I learned about Lexington’s people. I learned that Lexington’s people are proud of their history, excited about their future, and passionate about rolling up their sleeves and doing the right thing.
Because of Lexington’s people, Lexington Historical Society has seen tremendous success during my tenure. In the last four years, Lexington Historical Society has accomplished the completion of its archives center, forged new partnerships with Association of Black Citizens of Lexington and LexPride, brought in over $160,000 in grant funding, completed a major exhibit, and launched a new interpretation project to discuss the history of slavery at its historic sites. On top of all this we were faced with an unprecedented moment in history with the outbreak of COVID-19. Not only did LHS survive, we thrived. We moved all our programming online, created virtual tours, and reached more audiences than we ever have before.
As I leave Lexington, I am confident that Lexington Historical Society will continue to grow by expanding its programs, diversifying its people and collections, and reaching new audiences. Our passionate volunteers and expert staff will ensure that the organization moves forward especially after this pandemic period is over. Already we have opened our museums and planned some outdoor, in-person programming. While my time in Lexington is coming to a close, that does not mean that the work is over. There is so much more to do, and I know that there are so many people waiting to roll up their sleeves. The future is bright, and it is just getting started.
Featuring the voices of Lexington Historical Society permanent staff and occasional guest authors.