SEARSPORT — Marie Underwood, president of the board of trustees of Penobscot Marine Museum, announced the appointment of Elizabeth Lodge as executive director after an extensive national search. Lodge joined the museum March 28. She previously served as director of museum programs at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass., for 17 years.
“Liz has extensive experience in management, fundraising, education, exhibitions and programs,” Underwood said. “Her experience in maritime programs at Plimoth Plantation will be an asset to Penobscot Marine Museum. The board and staff look forward to working with her as she leads the museum to even greater community outreach and service.”
Lodge managed 10 departments and about 100 staff and volunteers at Plimoth Plantation. Under her direction, collaborations were established with partners such as The History Channel and National Geographic that expanded the museum’s reach from a local to a national audience.
Lodge holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and a graduate certificate in museum studies from Tufts University. Before becoming director of museum programs at Plimoth, she held the position of associate curator for five years and interpreter and museum teacher for a year. She serves on the board of trustees of the Waldorf School of Cape Cod. She and her family will relocate to the Searsport area.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead Penobscot Marine Museum,” Lodge said. “I am eager to begin working with the board, staff and volunteers to continue expanding the museum’s influence throughout the Penobscot Bay region and Down East. The museum’s incredible collections, wide-ranging exhibitions and innovative education programs are testimony to the achievements of the trustees and staff and to the generosity of the museum’s supporters.”
Lodge succeeds finance director Matthew Timney, who has served as interim executive director since September. Underwood said, “The board wishes to express its appreciation for all that Matt and the staff are doing to keep the museum working smoothly during the transition.”
Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum. It is home to one of New England’s largest displays of historic boats and outstanding collections of marine art, ship models and historic photography. Its 3-acre campus — including a 19th-century ship captain’s home, boathouses, a research library and other buildings — re-creates a coastal village during the Age of Sail. Year-round programs for adults and children make it a special place for families and history enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org/ or call 548-2529.