Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Kaminski House Museum has announced the selection of Kim Leatherwood to be the new assistant director of the historic house museum.
“We are extremely pleased to have Kim joining the staff,” says executive director Robin Gabriel. “Kim brings to this position an extensive background in arts administration, program development (including children’s education) and grant writing. She is an exciting addition to the museum’s team. ”
A native of Florence, Leatherwood is a resident of Pawleys Island. Formerly she was the executive director for both the Cultural Council of Georgetown County and the Horry Cultural Arts Council. In addition, Leatherwood has been a longtime area consultant working with the Garden City Beach Community Association, Florence Area Arts Council, Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, the Arts Council of Marion County and the South Carolina Arts Alliance.
“I am thrilled to be the new assistant director of the Kaminski House Museum,” says Leatherwood. “I think downtown Georgetown is a hidden treasure along the coast of South Carolina. The downtown shops and community epitomize southern charm. I look forward to working with Robin and the board of the Friends of the Kaminski House Museum to provide historical and cultural programming to establish the Kaminski House Museum as a leader to develop marketing strategies for downtown Georgetown.”
The hiring of an assistant director was one of the top goals of the Friends of the Kaminski House, the group that took over daily operations management of the museum from the City of Georgetown in July 2013. Since September and the hiring of Gabriel as the new executive director, the Friends have tackled numerous projects at the museum such as identifying new educational opportunities, an architectural survey of the house, an updated inventory of the museum’s objects, and refurbishing the museum shop and renaming it “Julia’s Past & Presents.”
“The Friends of the Kaminski House has re-invigorated the mission of the museum,” says Gabriel. “The hiring of Kim of this exciting new chapter. We are extremely pleased and ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work for this historic cultural asset of Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck.”
Constructed circa 1769, the Kaminski House Museum was home to many prominent Georgetown residents. The home’s pre-Revolutionary War architectural details are an elegant background to the varied interiors that help bring to life Harold and Julia Pyatt Kaminski, the home’s last residents. Mrs. Kaminski left the house and its contents to the City of Georgetown upon her death in 1972. It was opened as a house museum in 1973.
Located at 1003 Front St., Kaminski House Museum, is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are given at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $7 (an additional $3 for a tour of the adjoining Stewart-Parker House). For more information, call 843-545-4067 or kaminskihousemuseum.org.