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April 29, 2014

Longtime museum director departs

ELIZABETHTOWN — After 14 years leading Adirondack History Center Museum, Margaret Gibbs will be heading up and down the waterways as Heritage Program director for Lakes to Locks Passage.

Reflecting on her tenure as museum curator and director, Gibbs said, “We worked on collaborative programs to make the communities and people feel they are a part of the museum. 

“We looked for opportunities to engage people in the history of the area, which includes Essex County and the Adirondacks.

“There are so many interesting topics that we were able to bring forth through lectures and exhibits.”

Monday was Gibbs’s last day.

“Today is a sad day at the Museum,” reads a post on the website. “We all wish her the best, she will be greatly missed.”

Diane O’Connor was chosen to step into Gibbs’s shoes.


Among the many exhibits with which she was involved, “Work/Wild” is one of her favorites. 

“We went through a whole year of community engagement, with meetings, school kids, farmers, loggers and many others, to get as many voices as we could,” she said. 

“People did not want a simple story. We wanted controversy, as well. 

“This is not just a wilderness area for tourists; there is hunting and fishing and logging, as well. We wanted to give the complete story.”


Another exhibit that struck a chord with Gibbs and others reflected on the Civil War. 

“This was close to home; people were moved. For some, these were their ancestors.”

The exhibit was combined with lectures on the topic, a blend that has worked well, she said.


An aspect of the museum that Gibbs feels is important was the renovation project that was finished in 2006. It redesigned portions of the museum, which was the old Elizabethtown school dating to the early 20th century. 

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