Our friend and colleague, curator Mary Hill will be retiring at the end of the year after devoting nearly twelve years to our museums. Her dedication to improving the museums through interesting and ever changing displays and programs has been inspirational to the community. Authors, speakers, artists and musicians were presented and celebrated. Mary’s enthusiasm never waned as she faced every challenge with a sense of determination and anticipation. She has worked tirelessly to preserve the rich and rugged history of the Les Cheneaux area. Under Mary’s supervision the museums have become a place where visitors can explore their history in a welcoming and supportive setting. Her pride in the resolve of the early settlers of this unique community is always evident. As a fervent student of history she is an invaluable resource for the community.
It has truly been a joy for all of us to work with Mary over the years. Her energy knows no bounds and her enthusiasm is infectious. Mary is always available to staff, volunteers, artists and guests. When she isn’t busy in her office she can be found climbing up into the Crow’s Nest at the Maritime Museum or rummaging through the collection in the vault in search of that one perfect item to complete a new and interesting display.
Under her watchful eye all acquisitions are examined, catalogued and stored with the greatest care and respect. Mary’s spirit, sense of generosity and fairness, her immense curiosity and pride in all things “Les Cheneaux” will always be appreciated. The Board of Directors and members of the Les Cheneaux Historical Association, the staff and volunteers congratulate Mary on her pending retirement as curator of our museums. We will be delighted to welcome her back next summer in her new capacity as a volunteer.