Cornwall Community Museum announces new Senior Curator

March 28, 2023
Wes Libbey, Brent Whitford and Don Smith
Wes Libbey, Brent Whitford and Don Smith

The SD&G Historical Society is pleased to announce that Brent Whitford has been appointed Senior Curator and Administrator of the Cornwall Community Museum.

Currently completing his PhD in Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Whitford will join the museum on March 27th and brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

“We are delighted and fortunate to be able to hire a very qualified Senior Curator (and Administrator) locally. We believe his skills, experience and creativity will continue our society’s and our museum’s growth and presence in Cornwall,” said Wes Libbey, President of the SD&G Historical Society.

Whitford brings to the role deep institutional experience, an abiding passion for local history and learning, and a commitment to community building and civic engagement. He completed his BA at Vancouver Island University and his Masters in Anthropology at Trent University.

Whitford’s forward-thinking vision and dedication combined with his past experience in fundraising, community engagement and building teams will also greatly benefit the museum. During his ten years collaborating with the Blagoevgrad and Pazardzhik Regional History Museums in Bulgaria, he managed a team of archivists and was instrumental in the design and preparation of museum exhibits as well as the preparation and cataloguing of artifacts both in the field and in the museums.

Whitford is a native of Cornwall with a young family and is delighted to be able to build his future in his hometown. He is highly respected in his field and the SD&G Historical Society is pleased that someone with his extensive skills and knowledge is now bringing these home to Cornwall.

“I am thrilled to join the team at the Cornwall Community Museum and Archives and sincerely look forward to serving my community. By promoting our diverse history and cultural heritage, together we can foster a sense of identity and well-being in the present. I look forward to an exciting future!,” Mr. Whitford said.

Whitford’s appointment concludes an extensive and intensive search of candidates for this role.

About the Cornwall Community Museum

Since 1956, the Cornwall Community Museum has maintained and enhanced the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the experiences, people, events and objects that have shaped Cornwall and SDG’s history. Originally located on Second Street West across from Domtar in the Wood House, the museum was moved in 2000 to its present location in Lamoureux Park where its size was doubled to include a controlled climate basement that houses the archives and resource centre of the museum. The original stone house showcases key items from Cornwall’s history and celebrates life over the past 200 years.


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