Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Great Move

Old Sturbridge Village extends CEO’s contract

by Boston Globe Staff

The Old Sturbridge Village said its board of trustees has voted unanimously to extend to 2014 the contract of the living history museum's president and chief executive officer, Jim Donahue.
"Since his hiring in 2007, Donahue has reversed decades of declining visitation at Old Sturbridge Village, posted two straight years of attendance gains, increased donations by 25 percent, and balanced the museum's operating budget for the first time in more than 10 years," the village said in a press release, which noted that the gains have come despite tough economic times.
Old Sturbridge Village depicts early New England life in the 1830s.
Donahue's strategy has been to focus on cost cuts and on improving the visitor experience by expanding the museum's front-line staff of historians in costume, the release said.
"Visitors today want to be part of the action," Donahue said in a statement. "That's why our interactive experiences at the Village, like talking with costumed historians and riding the stagecoach, are so memorable."

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