July 2, 2014

Trenton Museum Society Hires New Director for Ellarslie

Donna Carcaci Rhodes

Donna Carcaci Rhodes

Trenton Museum Society President Richard Willinger has announced that the Society selected Donna Carcaci Rhodes to serve as director.

Ms. Rhodes comes to Ellarslie from the Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark Home in Perkasie, Pa, where she was historic site director and curator. Her education includes degrees in art history and business. She lectures in and is published in artifact research, architectural sciences, historical studies, organizational volunteer support, and the literature and life of Pearl S. Buck. She has also worked with education program design, museum tour design, and volunteer docent training. She resides in Holland, Pa.

“The Trenton Museum Society is fortunate to have found an outstanding museum professional to lead the Society during these challenging times” said Ms. Willinger. “With her experience in curatorial management of art collections, research, archives, exhibit development, and historic site conservation, she brings many important skills to the Trenton City Museum which displays both regional fine arts exhibits and exhibits that highlight fascinating aspects of local history.”

The new director commented that she is “excited and energized about the opportunities offered by the Trenton City Museum housed in the beautiful Ellarslie Mansion.”

According to Rhodes, “With the commitment of a dedicated Board of Trustees, the museum continues to offer ever changing and engaging events and exhibits in history, art, music, and education for all ages. I am looking forward to being a part of the strong continued expansion of this great organization with increased partnerships, tours, and community involvement for the people of this great historic city and beyond.”

The Trenton Museum Society provides contemporary and historical art exhibits, Trenton history exhibits, student art classes, lectures, and musical performances for those who are interested in Trenton’s history and the arts in Mercer and Bucks Counties and central New Jersey.

The Museum Society maintains in trust for the citizens of Trenton a collection of thousands of artifacts and documents reflecting the industrial, political, educational, and commercial history of Trenton.

“There always seems to be so much going on at the museum,” she said. “I look forward to meeting members, artists, and patrons at these and other events.”

Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays and municipal holidays. For more information, visit www.ellarslie.org.