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April 02. 2013 8:54PM

Julie Hall Williams named interim head of Independence Museum in Exeter

EXETER - The American Independence Museum has a new interim administrator and is making plans to reopen.

The board of governors for the nonprofit museum recently appointed Julie Hall Williams to the position of interim administrator.

Williams, who combines her background in fundraising with both museum advocacy and historic preservation experience, most recently served as director of annual leadership giving at The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit conservation organization that preserves properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Julie's experience, energy and expertise joining the museum," Allison Field, president of the American Independence Museum's board of governors, said in a press release. "Julie's excitement about American history is contagious, and she has an impressive track record of rallying support for historic institutions. She will be instrumental as the museum moves forward and reopens to the public this spring."

The museum closed to the public last fall due to financial constraints. Since that time, the board of governors has stabilized finances to begin hiring staff to re-open the museum this spring on a limited basis for public and school tours and to host the American Independence Festival on July 20.

Plans for staff and operational expansion in 2014 are also under way.

"One of the driving factors that led me to this position are the very many volunteers and supporters who have continued to care for (the museum) during this time of transition," Williams said. "The museum offers the chance to connect visitors of all ages with the incredible history of the founding of our country, and plays an important role preserving both Exeter and New Hampshire history as well. It's an exciting time for us, a chance to review past programming and explore new opportunities to share our story with our community and beyond."

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