Schoolhouse Museum in Eastham names new curator

Former curator to retire after seven years at the helm
The 1869 Schoolhouse Museum in Eastham has a new curator at the helm. Maggie Kulbokas photo.

The Eastham Historical Society announced this month that Terri Rae Smith has been appointed the new curator of the Schoolhouse Museum. The former curator, Judith Poulin, is retiring from the post after seven years. Poulin's contributions to the museum have been many. She set up the collection in the new wing, maintained the collection of donated items, trained all the docents and arranged for school visits to the museum. Poulin will remain a member of the board of directors, according to an EHS release.

Terri Rae Smith will be taking over as curator of the museum. Smith has worked in the museum as both an archivist and a docent. This year, Smith suggested Saturday hours at the museum, an experiment that proved to be successful, according to the release. Not only was attendance good and donations generous, Eastham residents stopped by to say they appreciated the museum open when they could visit.

The historical society's museum is housed in the 1869 one-room schoolhouse on Nauset Road across from the Salt Pond Visitor Center. The schoolhouse was vacant from 1936 to 1963 when the historical society brought it back to life. In 2008, an addition was opened. 

Those in the Eastham community are encouraged to become members of the Eastham Historical Society.  Members are invited to become volunteers and docents. A docent gathering is being planned for the spring, according to EHS.

Anyone interested in becoming a docent is asked to contact Terri Rae Smith at [email protected]

For more information about the Eastham Historical Society, visit their website here. The museum is open in July and August. The archives are open by appointment.


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