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June 15, 2014

New director steps in at Alice T. Miner Museum

CHAZY — The Alice T. Miner Museum will be under new leadership beginning July 1.

Longtime Director/Curator Amanda Palmer is handing that role over to Ellen Adams, who has served as the assistant director since April 2013.

Palmer plans to focus her attention on her artwork and design business.

Adams is excited about the new opportunity, according to a news release from Miner Agricultural Institute.


Palmer was hired as the director/curator in 2006, bringing a wealth of design skills that she used to build an online presence for The Alice through its website, blog and social-media pages, the release said.

She also built a network of enthusiasts through museum programs and a quarterly newsletter.

“Amanda is a delight to work with,” Adams said in a statement. “None of the ideas that I envision for this museum would be possible without the foundation that Amanda has set up.”


Adams is a historian who earned her master’s and Ph.D. in American history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

She has a love of Colonial and Colonial Revival and has specialized in late 19th- and early 20th-century U.S. history, making her a perfect fit for the Colonial Collection at the Alice T. Miner Museum, the release said.

Adams taught history for two years at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan before moving to Plattsburgh in spring 2012 when her husband took a job at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Of her job at museum, Adams said, “I get to do all the fun parts of teaching history without having to grade papers and give exams.”


Museum Board of Trustees Chairwoman Joan Burke said the board has “been fortunate to find the right curator for the right times.

“Amanda brought The Alice to the technology of the 21st century. Now it has found Ellen to explore the origin of The Alice in the Colonial Revival Movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.”

Palmer said she has enjoyed getting to know the collection and, through that, Alice Miner.

The transition for Adams will be smooth, Palmer said.

“She already knows the history; she learned faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect time for a historian to step in.”

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