In this year of challenges and uncertainty, the Museum has achieved great progress on strategic goals. Thanks to the generosity of The Robert F. and Eleonora W. McCabe Foundation, we have worked with Janiga Design to create a breathtaking permanent exhibit, "Sally James Farnham: Beauty and Strength." The exhibit elevates this great American sculptor's art in its own right, and as part of Frederic Remington's artistic legacy. We are bursting with pride and gratitude, and can't wait to share it with you.
The Search Committee has worked tirelessly to find my replacement, and we are all immeasurably pleased to welcome Lora Nadolski Hanson as the Museum's next Executive Director on December 1st of this year. Lora will be lucky to have such an incredible staff to work with, and an energetic and wise Board, and so many supporters like you, who prioritize the Museum's service to its mission and to the community.
Also this year, the Museum has implemented strategic plans for a sustainable future. Museum Education Specialist Laura Desmond was hired as Curator & Educator, an elevation to which she is eminently qualified. This transition marks the beginning of the Museum's change to being a private employer, no longer relying on the City of Ogdensburg to provide employees, with payroll costs reimbursed by the Museum to the City. We expect that the City, itself under particular financial stress, will continue to support the Museum as an investment in culture, education, and tourism.
I hope you will be able to arrange a visit to the Museum in the coming year to meet Lora and to take in the Farnham exhibit. Both will be worth the trip.
I will miss the Museum and its people very much, and will continue to support it. I hope you will join me in making the Museum a funding priority this year and always. Your generous donation now will help sustain the Museum, and provide our new Executive Director with resources that will open the door to the Museum's bright future.
Laura A. Foster