My name is Daniel Conner and I would like to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Whaley Historic House Museum.
I have been involved in public history within the Flint area since I started as a student at the University of Michigan-Flint in the History program in 2012. During that time, I had the opportunity as a community member to see the great museum the Whaley House is, the fantastic programming that it offers, and what the museum means to the city and people of Flint.
As a student, I worked as a Collections and Archives Intern at the Ruth Mott Foundation and Applewood, as well as working as a village attendant/historic interpreter at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad. I even started up a small business/hobby celebrating the city of Flint and its heritage. But my mind always came back to the Whaley House. These past couple of years, I was able to see the amazing things that the previous director, Samantha Engel, was able to provide for the community and the growth under her leadership. Recently when she took a new position, my friend and interim director Jason Botz continued momentum and did a phenomenal job. You couldn’t find two nicer people that care more about the Whaley Historic House Museum than Samantha and Jason. These are going to be some big shoes to fill.
Looking to the future, I plan to continue the outstanding work that Samantha and Jason started, along with plans of growing the museums’ footprint in the Cultural Center, in Flint as a whole, and all of Genesee County. Including – the exciting and informative programming, like the Kearsley Street Walking Tours, History Happy Hour, the Whaley Dinner Club, and looking to 2018, the quilting groups in partnership with Flint Handmade. We hope to be adding some new programs and events in the future, so stay tuned with us on our blog and socially with facebook and twitter.
In other news…
After taking a hiatus in July, our monthly History Happy Hour event will start again in August at our gracious host Tenacity Brewing. The lecturer will be non-other than Samantha, speaking on her new adventure, Beyond the Company: The Dow Family in Midland, Michigan. Details can be found on Facebook!
Thank you for your continued support and friendship to the Whaley House and I hope to have a chance to meet you all!