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McDuffie Museum hires curator/director

In only her first week on the new job, the work is piling up. But that's just what she was hoping for.

"I already have a huge list of what I want to do, and it requires a lot of research. But that's my job, and I love it. I'm up to the challenge," said Jenny Lindsey, the new curator/director of the McDuffie Museum.

Although young and a recent graduate with a BFA in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Miss Lindsey is an old pro in her field. She has worked as an intern at the Robert Toombs House State Historic Site in Washington, Ga. for the Georgia Historic Sites and Parks Division, did research, photo and house plan documentation for the Historic restoration/Preservation of Washington, Ga., and preservation work on the Kennedy Pharmacy Building in Savannah for the Historic Savannah Foundation and Davenport Foundation.

A lifetime resident of Washington, Ga., and the daughter of Ronny and Patti Lindsey, Miss Lindsey was able to attend SCAD on several historical educational scholarships.

"I was able to go there by the grace of God," she said. "So, I knew something would happen for a job when I finished. This was like a God-send."

Having accomplished field work in restoration paint removal, plasters removal and laying floor, Miss Lindsey is not bothered by the remodeling work still going on inside the museum. And she said she's looking forward to organizing the board meetings and working with the community. According to her resumé, she studied the Main Street Program and is interested in becoming a certified director - something that appealed to the board when they reviewed her application.

"I'm excited that the museum is located downtown, and that downtown Thomson is so compact, everyone is close together," she said. "I was amazed to learn of all the shops that are here."

Because her job is part-time, the museum schedule may occasionally change to accommodate programs, tours or school field trips. Hours are from noon until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday. Call 706-595-9923.

Web posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009

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