Winchester Historical Society Appoints Executive Director
Major Step in Transformation of Sanborn House into a Public Institution
The Winchester Historical Society has appointed Rebekah Beaulieu as its new Executive Director, effective immediately. Ms. Beaulieu will also manage the Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center, located at 15 High Street in Winchester, which now is open to the public on a regular basis.
Bob Colt, President of the Winchester Historical Society said, â€œRebekah was the unanimous choice from a very strong field of applicants and possesses the combination of an impressive academic background and some analogous fund-raising experience which make her a great fit for the Winchester community and the development of the Sanborn House as a true historical and cultural center. The future is bright with such a talented, energetic and dedicated individual working for the good of Winchester in developing this grand house.â€
Ms. Beaulieuâ€™s arrival marks a new period in the life of the Sanborn House. A stunning example of Beaux-Arts architecture, the Sanborn House was originally built in 1907 and since 2006 the Town of Winchester has given the stewardship to the Winchester Historical Society, an organization dedicated to sharing Winchesterâ€™s rich history with its community. The Society has worked tirelessly to restore the building to its original beauty, currently planning an extensive capital campaign and recently earning a permanent preservation restriction for the site at this past fallâ€™s Town Meeting.
An academic as well as a professional, Ms. Beaulieu is a doctoral candidate in American and New England Studies at Boston University. She has significant experience in fund-raising for non-profit organizations, most notably the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago and the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. Ms. Beaulieu received a graduate degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
The Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. To learn more about the Winchester Historical Society and the Sanborn House, please call 781-721-0135.