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The Matheson History Museum announces new executive director

Press release from the Matheson History Museum

The Board of Directors of the Matheson History Museum is pleased to announce the hiring of Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney as the museum’s new executive director. Hof-Mahoney previously served as a volunteer, curator of collections, and acting administrator.

“In my role as Curator of Collections, my favorite part has been learning something new almost every day in speaking with our visitors, attending our programs, facilitating research appointments, meeting with community partners, and conducting exhibition research. As Executive Director, I look forward to continuing to build relationships with the Alachua County community.”

Hof-Mahoney takes over the 27-year-old institution after serving as the acting administrator for seven months. A graduate of Auburn University and the University of Florida, Hof-Mahoney began volunteering at the Matheson in the fall of 2015 and was hired as the full-time curator of collections in January 2018.

Board of Directors President Greg Young says, “As Acting Administrator, Kaitlyn has been working with the Board, the Advisory Council, and the staff to continue the important work of preserving our history and telling the stories that inform and enrich us. As Executive Director, Kaitlyn will strive to enhance our financial sustainability, build strong community partnerships, and provide the quality programming that is essential to better understanding our world, past and present.”

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Hof-Mahoney’s vision for the Matheson is a three-part approach that focuses on Friends, Funds, and Facilities. She states that “these three pillars will create a solid and sustainable foundation for the Matheson to carry out our mission and continue to serve Gainesville and Alachua County.”

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