Caitlin Kelly named new Edmonds Museum Director

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Newly-named Edmonds Historical Museum Director Caitlin Kelly is always available to share her knowledge and help visitors interested in local history.  Here she assists Clarence Caspers with historical research. (Photo by Bob Sears)
Newly-named Edmonds Historical Museum Director Caitlin Kelly is always available to share her knowledge and help visitors interested in local history. Here she assists Clarence Caspers with historical research. (Photo by Bob Sears)

Caitlin Kelly, collections manager at the Edmonds Historical Museum since 2009, has been named the new director, replacing Dr. Peter Bojakowski who resigned in May. She starts her new duties immediately.

“Caitlin has done a stellar job as collections manager,” said Museum Board President Bill Lambert, “and was the unanimous choice of the selection committee. In addition to expanding and curating our artifacts collection, she’s taken a hands-on approach to day-to-day operations at the museum that has helped it to grow into an integral thread in the fabric of our community.”

Caitlin, who prefers to go by Katie, has lived in Edmonds since 1994. A 1998 graduate of Edmonds’ Holy Rosary School, she went on to earn her baccalaureate in history from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

“I’m greatly honored to have been named Museum Director,” she said. “I love the Edmonds community, and look forward to working with the Museum Board and everyone in Edmonds to continue building and showcasing the museum as a vibrant local asset.”

In addition to being the custodian of our local history, the Edmonds Historical Museum and the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society sponsor numerous events throughout the year. These include the annual Scarecrow Festival, the Summer Farmers’ Market and Spring Garden Market, the Halloween Haunted Museum, and the annual Heritage Days Banquet and Auction.

The museum is located in Edmonds’ historic 1910 Carnegie Library at 118 5th Ave. N. It is open year-round between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but opens early on market days. Suggested donation in lieu of an admission fee is $5 for adults, and $2 for students.

Learn more at the museum’s website.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The Board of Directors has made the perfect choice. No one knows more about Edmonds history than Katie Kelly.

  2. I am not surprised, but happy to hear that my friend Katie Kelly has been asked to be the Edmonds Museum Director and also not surprised that she accepted the position. I love working with her and appreciate her knowledge of Edmonds History. It was about time that the board acknowledged her talent and abilities. Best Wishes my friend.

  3. Excellent choice. Katie has been a real asset to those of us who use the resources of the Museum to further our understanding of local history for the benefit of local residents and businesses alike. As a member of the local Historic Preservation Commission, I greatly appreciate the wisdom of the Museum Board in its selection.

  4. I also have worked with Katie. She has been so helpful in educating me on what is of historical interest to the museum. She has a deep interest in her community.

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