Stephenson County Historical Society announces new director

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The Stephenson County Historical Society on Thursday, announced that Sharon Welton has been hired as the new executive director at the Stephenson County Historical Museum effective March 30.

Welton is the former head of the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mt. Carroll, Ill. Her experience includes non-profit directorship programing, master gardening, artifact collection and budget planning.

Welton has been a member of the Lena Area Historical Society since 1988, serving in a variety of capacities including as project director for the 2006 museum expansion. She’s served on the Board of Directors of the Stephenson County Historical Society since 2010.

Stephenson County Historical Society President Connie Sorn said: “After a thorough search, the Board of Directors believes that Sharon will be a wonderful new director.  Her museum background, collections and arboretum expertise, and passion for Stephenson County history will serve to expand our programming and exhibits, and will assist us in our mission of preserving and promoting Stephenson County history.

“She will work closely with the Freeport Park District, owner of the museum complex, to insure that the museum continues to be one of the premier attractions in our area.”

Welton replaces the retiring Dr. Edward Finch.

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