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HLOM board names new museum director

Marilyn Drilling has been named museum director of the Holland Land Office Museum.

Her appointment was approved by the board of directors last night, according to a press release we received this morning.

Drilling replaces Patrick Weissand, who held the position for 11 years before accepting a position as a branch manager with the Bank of Castile.

Drilling was hired by the museum in July to create a marketing and membership program.

A totaly of 49 people applied for the position, according to the press release.

Drilling is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a degree in Mass Communication. She has held fundraising and public relations positions in both Genesee and Wyoming counties, including the director of development for the Medina Health Care Foundation, development director for Notre Dame High School in Batavia and Crossroads House. She was also the director of the Genesee Country Mall and has worked in the newsrooms of WBTA, WRTK in Rochester and WBTF in Attica.

"I am excited to begin implementing an integrated marketing program for the museum," noted Drilling. "The public will soon notice new life and new  programs coming from our doors. There is renewed interest in history and the younger generation especially wants to know more about our past and how it can affect our future."

Full press release after the jump

Marilyn Drilling of Batavia has accepted the position of Museum Director at  the Holland Land Office.  The Board of Directors made the offer after final  interviews last night (Tuesday, Sept. 22).

Drilling was initially hired by the Board in July to create a marketing and  membership program for the West Main Street Museum.  She submitted her resume  to the Board during their search for a replacement of long-time Museum  director Patrick Weissand, who resigned in June to join the Bank of Castile  in Medina as its branch manager.

49 resumes were reviewed for the position, according to Barbara Toal,  President of the Holland Purchase Historical Society.

Drilling is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of St. Bonaventure University  with a degree in Mass Communication.  She has held fundraising and public  relations positions in both Genesee and Wyoming counties, including the  Director of Development for the Medina Health Care Foundation, Development  Director for Notre Dame High School in Batavia and Crossroads House.  She was  also the director of the Genesee Country Mall and has worked in the newsrooms  of WBTA Batavia, WRTK Rochester and WBTF Attica.

"I am excited to begin implementing an integrated marketing program for the  Museum," noted Drilling.  "The public will soon notice new life and new  programs coming from our doors.  There is renewed interest in history and the  younger generation especially wants to know more about our past and how it  can affect our future."

New board-approved programs include History Heroes, a series of programs and activities for the younger generation.  A Membership campaign will kick-off  on October 5th and new events have been added to the calendar.

Organizations and businesses are also encouraged to utilize the meeting room  at the Holland Land Office Museum for their gatherings.  "The Meeting Place"  is available at no charge and can be reserved by telephoning the Museum at  343-4727.

"We're also very excited about our newest exhibit," said Drilling."  "52  handsewn quilts are now on display...each unique in design and each has its  own story.  Members of the Museum Quilt Guild are celebrating their 30th  anniversary this year by showcasing some of their finest creations."

The public is invited to a special Quilt Exhibit Opening on Friday, September  25th from 6 to 9 p.m.  complete with entertainment and refreshments.  Members  of the Museum Guild will be there to share their quilting stories.

"This is a beginning of new and exciting displays for the Museum," said  Drilling.  "We're ""Making History Happen"" in Genesee County."
 

Karen Miconi
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Congratulations Marilyn! You will do a good job for the museum.
Tina Wolff
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Question for anyone who can explain this: I know Marilyn from her days at Notre Dame High School.She has great qualifications, please do not get me wrong. But I do not see any pertaining to anything to do with running the Land Office or any pertaining to Museum studies or the like. Where does the board think that by hiring someone that lacks these qualifications is a sound idea? What of all the fragile contributions and displays that sit in the land office? Who knows how to handle them? Thank you for answering.
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