FRAMINGHAM – Annie Murphy announced today she will retire as executive director of the Framingham History Center.
“After seventeen years in a job that I have loved, it is time to pass on the reins of this wonderful organization. I have faith that our Search Committee will find a new Executive Director who will also sense the potential for this organization that I felt early on and still feel. They will be fortunate to lead a strong Board of Directors, an incredible staff, hard-working volunteers, and a growing number of members and donors,’ wrote Murphy this afternoon in an email to members of the organization.
I” can hardly believe that it has been seventeen years since I was asked to be the Interim Director of what was then the Framingham Historical Society. I was serving on the Board of Directors at the time and working as a Development Consultant for non-profit organizations,” wrote Murphy.
“My first task was to write a proposal in response to the Town of Framingham’s request for a plan to steward the Edgell Memorial Library, Old Academy Building and Village Hall. It seemed like a good fit at the time and today, as I look toward my retirement in May 2022, I know that it was,” said the Framingham resident.
“When I first took the helm, there was real urgency around stopping the “demolition by neglect” facing the town’s most historic buildings on the Centre Common. I was happy to be their champion at Town Meeting and eventually among state and local funders. Along the way, I also became an advocate for the amazing collections these buildings housed and the stories they told about Framingham history. All that I have learned during my tenure here has confirmed the potential I sensed from the beginning for the Framingham History Center to become the community asset that it is today,” wrote Murphy, who said she will stay with the organization through the end of May.
The job is expected to be posted later this week for a new Executive Director.
Laura Rankin is the Assistant Director of the Framingham History Center.