new building, which will be open year-round, will include galleries to
showcase special exhibitions, and will include auditorium and classroom
space. Currently, the museum is open for six months of the year.
The Shelburne Museum will soon be welcoming a new director. Tom Denenberg is currently
the deputy director and chief curator of the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. He will oversee Shelburne
Museum’s diverse collection of art, design and Americana.
Americana museums exist in many forms and many sizes across the
country, from local historical societies to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont to
the Smithsonian in Washington. Many of these museums have been having more trouble attracting visitors in recent years, and are trying a variety of innovative things in an effort to change that.