Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth announced today that Cara Sutherland has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Museum. After a national search, Ms. Sutherland’s appointment was unanimously approved at a special meeting of the Board of Directors on January 29, 2016. Sutherland, an experienced museum director, will join the Museum on April 1, 2016.

Sutherland is currently the Executive Director of Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and she brings a wide range of experience at history museums, large and small, encompassing 14 years of experience as a museum director. She previously directed a regional maritime museum, the New Director Cara Sutherland, Remick Country Doctor Museum & FarmReedville Fishermen’s Museum in rural Virginia from 2002–2004. Earlier, Ms. Sutherland worked in New York City for the Freedom Forum as Consulting Curator of the First Amendment Center from 2000–2002 and as Curator and Exhibit Developer at the Newseum in Arlington, Virginia from 1996–2000. She began her curatorial career at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, Massachusetts as Curator of Exhibitions from 1990–1995.

A native of New York’s Champlain Valley near the Québec border, Ms. Sutherland wanted to be closer to family in a more northern and rural environment, and found Tamworth a location that felt like home. Her interest in historic textiles led her into the museum field and her current passion is traditional foodways. She enjoys artisanal canning and food preservation, winning numerous ribbons at county and regional fairs, most recently at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Prior to her work in Lexington, Ms. Sutherland pursued doctoral studies at SUNY Binghamton and has a special interest in medical history. She holds an M.A. in American Social & Cultural History from the University of Delaware where she was a Hagley Fellow, 1982-1984. She completed her B.A. in English Literature at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1981. Ms. Sutherland is a published author, taught college-level courses in Public History, and has presented at many East Coast professional conferences.

Board chair Harold Cook said, “We are delighted to attract a museum director of Cara Sutherland’s stature and credentials to the Remick.” Cook continued, “The board is excited about her ideas and her experience in all aspects of running a museum, including strong administrative and fundraising experience, and her passion for history museums and interest in expanding her knowledge of historical agriculture. Cara can take the Remick Museum to the next level of programming and expand its resources.”

“I am honored and delighted to lead the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm and to come to New Hampshire and Tamworth.” Ms. Sutherland said, “I look forward to working with the Board, staff, volunteers, members, and the broader community to further advance and make better known this unique museum, and to becoming a part of the Lakes Region community.”

The Search Committee was co-chaired by Board members Lisa Simpson Lutts and Alice Sabol, and included the other Remick Museum board members, including Cook, Ed Sullivan, Russ Baerenklau and Larry Grace. For the nationwide search, it retained Marilyn Hoffman and Gail Nessell Colglazier of Museum Search & Reference, an executive-search firm located in Manchester, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth Village, New Hampshire. The Museum’s mission is to educate a broad and diverse public to the value and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the country doctor, and to preserve and interpret the Remick property and collections for the benefit of the public. Current Museum hours are Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m., closed Saturday & Sunday during the Fall/Winter/Spring. Admission is $5.00 per person; children ages 4 and under are FREE. For more information and directions, visit http://www.remickmuseum.org or call 603-323-7591.

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