Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Oberlin Heritage Center director Pat Murphy talks to a resident at her farewell picnic.
A farewell picnic was held Saturday at the Oberlin Heritage Center for retiring director Pat Murphy.
She has helped expand the organization for the last 22 years by offering educational opportunities, lectures, increasing staff and volunteer teams, and achieving accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
“We are sad to see Pat leave but deeply grateful for the visionary leadership she has shown over these two decades,” said OHC board of trustees president Nicholas Jones in a written statement. “Pat has been a great asset both to the Heritage Center and to the community.”
“I have found it very rewarding personally and professionally to help the organization become a strong community and visitor resource over the past 22 years,” Murphy said.
Murphy is stepping down at the end of the month to spend more time with her family, travel, and run.
OHC education and tour coordinator Liz Schultz was announced last month as the organization’s new director.
“I’ve always loved Oberlin’s rich history,” Schultz said.
She plans to start working on a strategic plan that looks at the city’s properties, expanding the organization’s historic information, and start collecting 20th century stories.
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