MDI’s Abbe Museum names new director

Posted Feb. 22, 2009, at 5:57 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Abbe Museum announced last week that Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has been selected as its new chief executive officer and will assume her new role on June 1.

Catlin-Legutko has been director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Ind., since 2003, leading it from a seasonal operation to a year-round professional museum. As part of that effort, she raised $250,000 for the rehabilitation of the site’s 19th century Carriage House for use as an interpretive center. In a 2008 White House ceremony, the Lew Wallace Study was awarded the National Medal for Museum Service.

In naming Catlin-Legutko as the new CEO, Donna Gann, president of the Abbe Museum’s board of trustees, said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that Cinnamon will be our new CEO. From a pool of highly qualified finalists, Cinnamon’s leadership and management skills stand out, and her interest in Native American anthropology will serve the Abbe and our community well.”

The Abbe Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the Wabanaki, the American Indian people of Maine and the Maritimes. The museum’s mission is to preserve the Wabanaki past and celebrate their vibrant and enterprising present.

The museum has a collection of more than 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch-bark canoes, and supporting collections of photographs, maps and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine In-dian basketry in any museum.

“I am tremendously honored by this opportunity to lead the Abbe, an organization I have admired for many years,” Catlin-Legutko said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with the staff and board in strengthening the museum for the future and positioning it as a cultural magnet for the [Mount Desert Island] com-munity and New England.”

Catlin-Legutko holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Arkansas with a specialization in museum studies, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and art history from Purdue University.

She and her husband, Larry Legutko, an information technology and project management professional, have a 9-year-old son, Jacob.

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