MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2014) — The Hennepin History Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Cedar Imboden Phillips to the position of Executive Director. Cedar will lead the 76-year old organization in its efforts to collect and preserve the diverse history of Hennepin County and to make history exciting, engaging, and relevant to contemporary audiences.
Cedar has a long history with the museum. She began her museum career at the HHM as a volunteer while a student at the University of Minnesota during the 1990s, and, following her return to the area after a decade away, joined the Hennepin History Museum board earlier this year.
She has most recently worked at Textile Center in Minneapolis; prior to that, she held positions at historical museums and sites in Washington, DC, Front Royal, Virginia and Pasadena, California, where she also served on the board of the California Council for the Promotion of History. While living and working out-of-state she retained a passion for her native Hennepin County, coming back for research trips while coauthoring Uptown Minneapolis and Lyn-Lake, illustrated histories of the Minneapolis neighborhoods.
The Hennepin History Museum’s Board was impressed with Cedar’s wide-ranging museum experience, which encompasses everything from management and fundraising to interpretation and audience development. “We have a great vision for the future of the Hennepin History Museum to engage new audiences, develop strong partnerships, and elevate the HHM into a real sustainable center of history in our community,” says Cara Letofsky, President of the Board of Directors. “Cedar has an infectious passion for Hennepin County’s history and we are excited about where we will bring the HHM with her leadership.”
“I’m thrilled to have come full-circle with this position,” Cedar says, “Hennepin History Museum was where I first fell in love with public history, and my early experiences with the museum have always been with me over the course of my career. Hennepin History Museum holds such tremendous potential. The collections are top-notch, the staff and board stellar, and all of it housed in an incredible historic mansion. I look forward to working with the people of Hennepin County to preserve and share our county’s many stories.”
Cedar is a graduate of the the prestigious Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware (MA), and the University of Minnesota (BA, History and Scandinavian Studies). She also holds a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware.
Cedar will begin her new position on November 5, in time to participate in Hennepin History Museum’s upcomingNovember 13 Give to History – Give Today fundraiser and sneak preview for the new Hennepin County Dines Outexhibition.
The Hennepin History Museum has been collecting, protecting, and presenting Hennepin County history since 1938.