After an extensive search campaign, Steven Frohock, President of the Historical Society of Kent County, proudly announces that Jon Powers has accepted the position of Executive Director. He replaces Susanne DeBerry Cole, who has relocated outside the state. Powers began work on October 1, during the Society’s annual walking tour of historic homes in Chestertown. In its new headquarters on Chestertown’s busiest corner, the Society looks forward to innovative programs to make Kent County history more relevant to both the community and visitors.
A Washington College graduate with a degree in Political Science, Jon Powers excelled in a university career that focused on development and outreach. He served as Director of Development at Dickinson, a private liberal arts college in Carlisle, PA, and as Vice-President for Development at a division of the University of Maryland. He is currently the founder and president of Mid-Shore Fundraising, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in non-profit institutions. Powers looks forward to renewing contacts and friendships in Kent County, where he years ago wrote a column supporting the Humane Society for Kent County News editor Hurtt Deringer and worked as an on-air commentator for local radio station WCTR.
Amanda Tuttle-Smith will continue as Deputy Director and Curator, assisted by librarian Joan Andersen and a growing crew of volunteers. Powers expressed enthusiasm for new program opportunities at the Bordley History Center, on the corner of High and Cross Streets, where renovation work is complete. The Society’s research collection and genealogical materials are fully accessible on the second floor and the Alexander Rasin Learning Center has been transformed into an attractive space for exhibits, lectures and other public programs. Powers praised the new facility, commenting that “our next challenge is to reach out to members, residents and visitors to Kent County with programs to stimulate our imaginations and enrich our lives.”
The Society is grateful to its members and many other supporters who have made these changes possible. The public is invited to visit both the new headquarters and the Society’s website, kentcountyhistory.org, to learn more about ongoing activities.