October 1, 2016. On Saturday evening, the Hyland House membership held its 109th annual election. We cast our votes by candlelight and in the glow of a hearth that has been warming Guilford company since 1713. The membership elected (and re-elected) three members to our board of directors.
Liberty Page is a chemist and computer scientist whose passion is helping kids achieve their dreams through STEM education. She began her association with the Hyland House in 2000 when she was asked by Leetes Island Garden Club member Mary Barnes to help with an herb talk at Early Guilford Days. In the years since, she has brought the 21st and 18th centuries a little closer together. She developed a natural wool-dying program with student volunteers from Guilford High School’s AP Chemistry class. The students created dyes using only fruits, vegetables, spices, salt and vinegar. The program is now a regular part of the House’s education program. Liberty teaches computer science at the University of New Haven and she and her husband, Rick Page, are both mentors for Apple Pi Robotics Team 2067. The board is very happy to have her as a fellow steward at the Hyland House.
The membership also re-elected Teresa Buchanan and Chris Norris to the board of directors.
Teresa Buchanan has been the director of the Hyland House’s Early Guilford Days school program for more than a decade. Early Guilford Days is the house’s signature program, co-hosted with the Guilford Keeping Society, which brings all of our town’s fourth grade students to the House for hands-on Guilford history.
Chris Norris is a paleontologist at Yale University. He brings his professional expertise as a collections manager at the Peabody Museum of Natural History to his work as registrar of our collection of 17th-and 18th-century furniture and decorative arts.
Sandy Wiens is retiring from the board after nine years of service, including curating our summer art shows and hosting our antiques show dealer dinners.Marta Slattery is retiring after three years of managing all of the museum’s membership mailings as our corresponding secretary. We thank them both for doing so much, so cheerfully, to help us preserve and share Guilford’s colonial history.
The entire Board of Directors and staff of the Hyland House thank the members who support the house and its programs throughout the year.
The House is now closed for the season, but we hope to see you all again next spring.