Sara Lundberg

Sara Lundberg, who has experience in Utah, Cyrus Dallin's birth place, has been appointed museum administrator of the Arlington Historical Society. She began work the week of Aug. 12.

She comes to the society with a broad background in small-museum management, with a focus on revitalizing organizations that have stagnated over the years, she wrote in an email to supporters.

Lundberg began her museum career at the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology, where she worked with student interns.

After that, she moved to direct a municipality-supported art and history museum, the Brigham City Museum-Gallery.

She moved to Massachusetts here two years ago and was a museum administrator at the Public Health Museum, in Tewksbury, where she directed an effort to reinvent the museum and redesign exhibitions to better appeal to the general public.

"I also have a particular skill set and interest in fund-raising and public outreach that will be essential to move this organization forward," she wrote.

When not at the society, she works as an interpreter at the Concord Museum and am pursuing a master's degree in museum studies at the Harvard Extension School.

"I am passionate about museum work and love working for small museums where my efforts have an immediate impact," she wrote in the Aug. 15 newsletter. "I hope to do some great things for the Society. Keep watching this newsletter for changes!"

Starting in September, she will be at the society on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Jason Russell House and Smith Museum, & Jason St.

In society-related news, volunteers are needed to staff the booth on Town Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Contact the museum by email or phone here >>
The roof on the Jason Russell House is being replaced, and the roof on the Smith Museum will be repaired beginning Aug. 26. This work will help to resolve leaks and ice dams that would soon become problematic on this historic structure.

The Jason Russell House and Smith Museum are open Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Patriots' Day (mid-April) to Columbus Day (mid-October).



This story was published Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.