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December 9 2013

Press Release: Wayne County Historical Society Announces Interim Director


Interim Director Franziska Zuercher-Mindrup, Long-Time Director Sally Talaga, and WCHS Board President, Elaine Herzog.

The Wayne County Historical Society is proud to announce the selection of its Interim Director, Franziska Zuercher-Mindrup. She is the former Director of Visitor Services at the Bern History Museum in Bern, Switzerland. Zuercher-Mindrup began work in January in order to familiarize herself with the museum before it re-opens in April.

Three years ago, Ms. Zuercher-Mindrup moved to Scranton from Switzerland with her husband. He was the first professor hired for the new school of architecture at Marywood University. After having been a stay-at-home mom for three years, she is extremely excited to have found a position in her field. Franziska is sure that the Interim Director position is perfect for her since it allows her to keep a nice balance between the work she enjoys and her family.

When asked why she was drawn to the position she said, ࢀœAs a history major, I am fascinated by Honesdaleࢀ™s important role in US history and I am looking forward to exploring what the museum has to offer in terms of artifacts and reviving the regionࢀ™s past.ࢀ Ms Zuercher-Mindrup was a standout among a highly qualified pool of applicants interviewed by the Board of Directors Hiring Committee. She takes over for Long-time Director Sally Talaga, while Ms. Talaga takes a leave of absence.

Elaine Herzog, president of the Wayne County Historical Society Board stated, ࢀœThe Board of Directors and I are extremely pleased to welcome Ms. Zuercher-Mindrup as Interim Director. After a few short weeks it is evident that the Societyࢀ™s ongoing initiatives have been placed in very capable hands. I have no doubt that in the coming months her prior work at the Bern History Museum will help facilitate our continuing mission, and I predict that our expectations may well be surpassed as she introduces us to potentially new and different ideas and programs.ࢀ

The Wayne County Historical Society will re-open to the public on Saturday, April 20 with an Open House from 4-7pm. The Society and Museum Shop are located at 810 Main Street in downtown Honesdale, until they reopen please refer to their website //www.waynehistorypa.org/ or follow them on Facebook.