HAMLET —The Seaboard City has hired its next Museum Manager and Downtown Coordinator, and Hamlet resident Stephanie Thornsbury will begin her new job on Monday.
Thornsbury will take over in managing the Hamlet Depot and Museum programs, as well as work directly with the Hamlet Business Development Association to enhance, promote and revitalize downtown Hamlet and assist with the coordination of special events for the city, according to press release. She’ll be replacing Gary Greene, who was on the job for six month before leaving the position last month to go back to work with Boys and Girls Homes in Lake Waccamaw.
She was formerly the Creative Play Professional for Discovery Place Kids in downtown Rockingham since 2013 and sees her experience there, coming up with programs and activities, as a plus for her new endeavor.
“I enjoyed working at Discovery Place Kids, and implementing and creating different programs that were assigned at the children’s museum, I believe, will be a great asset to the depot and museum,” said Thornsbury. “I am very excited to have received this opportunity in my hometown. My goal is to create activities and events that will bring people of all ages to the museum again and again.”
Thornsbury said once she begins on Monday she wants to get some different programs going in the museum “that’ll be occurrences that people will want to come to.”
She also going to work on learning about the exhibits that currently occupy the depot and museum, try some new things and meet as many people as she can.
“Stephanie’s passion, her experience with Discovery Place Kids and her education make her a great fit for this position,” said Hamlet City Manager Marcus Abernethy. “She will be great at planning and coordinating programs and events and engaging with kids and other visitors at our depot and museums. As a Hamlet native, Stephanie knows this community and will work great with our citizens.”
In her role at DPK, she developed lessons and programs, conducted workshops, engaged with children and provided guest services — all responsibilities that will translate to her new career.
“I’ve been writing programs since (DPK) opened so I’ve learned from my master’s education, but writing plans there has been super helpful,” said Thornsbury. “It’s good experience.”
She is a graduate of Richmond Senior High School, and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from Ashford University.
“Preserving the city’s history is so important, and I am thrilled to be a part of that. This is a major and long term career choice for me, and I feel blessed that I can serve my own community,” Thornsbury said. “The city is my home, and I love this place. I am looking forward to discovering even more about Hamlet, hearing some of the wonderful ideas community members have and getting to know more of the many fantastic people that make this city so great.”
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