New director named for CF Historical Society

The Chadds Ford Historical Society Society now has a new executive director.

Mike Connolly

Mike Connolly

CFHS President Kendal Reynolds has announced that Michael Connolly, formerly of the New Castle Historical Society, will be assuming the position of on May 2.

During the past few months, the society has conducted an extensive search to find a new director with the mix of education, background and experience to lead the organization, fulfill its Mission and increase its involvement with the Chadds Ford community.

“Mike's attitude and philosophy aligns with the direction of the society and his demonstrated network, resources, and development focus will solidify the great team we have built during the past year,” Reynolds said in a press release.

Connolly was the executive director of the New Castle Historical Society, New Castle for eight years where he managed their two historic buildings: the Dutch House and the Amstel House. He also negotiated with the State of Delaware to convert the historic Arsenal Building, owned by the state, into a town visitors’ center and the headquarters of the NCHS and its museum shop.

Prior to the NCHS, Connolly was the assistant director of the Mount Clare Museum House in Baltimore ,Md., and an officer at the MBNA America Bank in Wilmington.

Reporting to Connolly will be Allison Schell who is the program manager and Derek Larson who is the office and media manager at the Historical Society.

The CFHS welcomes Connolly and looks forward to its bright future under his leadership.

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