As of September 15, 2014, Freeport Historical Society will be led by James Myall as its executive director.When outgoing director Christina White was appointed to lead FHS in 2008, the Board of Trustees gave her one major goal: Take a solidly-established Freeport organization and expose it more broadly to more people. As we say farewell to Christina after six years of exemplary management and leadership, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for a job very well done!
As a result of Christina’s talent, diligence, and graciousness, Freeport Historical Society now stands on a firm foundation of community goodwill, financial stability, and strong visibility in Freeport and beyond. Our public program attendance, business sponsorships, and strategic relationships with key individuals, craft specialists, and programming organizations throughout New England have all increased under Christina’s capable leadership. Visitors to downtown Freeport and the Wolfe’s Neck areas now read about the town’s significant heritage on interpretive signs installed as a result of Christina’s grant writing skill and clear vision. The structural stability of the saltbox at Pettengill Farm has been assured and the grounds of Harrington House enhanced as a result of Christina’s unique ability to share her vision and encourage excitement in others.
Christina’s unique ability to forge partnerships has been a gift to our organization. Freeport Historical Society enjoys strong links with Freeport’s town government, business and civic organizations, public, and private schools. In 2015, we will celebrate four decades of Pettengill Farm stewardship with an original dramatic presentation in conjunction with the Freeport Community Players. The vintage baseball games at Pettengill Farm these past several years resulted from Christina’s desire to highlight Freeport’s significant history as a baseball town. Under Christina’s guidance, the largest grant received by Freeport Historical Society in recent years was used to assess, analyze and plan for our substantial collections. Discussions were initiated with historic groups in surrounding communities about regional needs which resulted in a conversation a common facility for proper archival storage of records and artifacts.
The good news is that Christina will remain connected to Freeport Historical Society as a special consultant on our key strategic focus, enhancing programming and access to Pettengill Farm. Her continuing association will help us realize Pettengill’s ultimate potential in fulfillment of Freeport Historical Society’s mission.
There is no aspect of Freeport Historical Society that has not benefitted from Christina White’s masterful touch. As we turn over the helm to incoming Executive Director James Myall, we do so knowing we are stronger and better organization as a result of Christina’s time with us. Thank you Christina!James Myall is a native of Great Britain and has lived in the U.S. since 2009. Myall has served as Director of the Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine for the past four years. “James was the unanimous choice of the search committee and we are really looking forward to working with him,” says Bill Muldoon, president of the Freport Historical Society Board of Trustees. “FHS has a focused and exceptionally capable board and we are ready to move our strategic projects forward under his leadership.”
Myall holds a master’s degree in Ancient History and Archeology from the University of St. Andrews. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Southern Maine, where he expects to complete graduate degree work in Public Policy and Management in 2015. Myall resides in Topsham with his wife Kate and daughters Aurelia and Vivienne.