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Stockbridge, MA – April 1, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) – the nation’s first and oldest land trust, established in Massachusetts in 1891 and one of the state’s largest land conservation non profits – has named Danielle Steinmann Director of Visitor Interpretation for the organization. Ms. Steinmann will be based at The Trustees’ historic Mission House in Stockbridge.
Ms. Steinmann, who just recently joined the Trustees, is working to help shape how the public experiences the many historic and cultural reservations owned by The Trustees, several of which are National Historic Landmarks or on the National Register of Historic Places. Key sites included historic homesteads such as Naumkeag and the Mission House in Stockbridge, the Ashley House in Sheffield, the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, the Old Manse in Concord, and the iconic Castle Hill at Crane Estate in Ipswich. Her work will include the creation of new digital, on-site, and in-person opportunities for visitors to interact with and learn more about the important stories behind The Trustees’ many cultural treasures. It will also include enhancing The Trustees’ tour guide program as well as bringing an innovative and creative vision to helping historic homes stay relevant for current and future generations of visitors.
“Danielle has done exemplary work making important connections between people, organizations and cultural subject matter at non-profit organizations throughout western Massachusetts,” explains Matt Montgomery, Chief Marketing Officer for The Trustees. “We’re excited to have her apply her creativity and expertise to enhancing public programming at our many cultural sites as we look to engage even more visitors in the important role their history plays in our collective past.”
“Our properties have so many exciting and interesting stories to tell. I am thrilled to be working with the team here at the Trustees to help bring these stories to life for our visitors,” adds Steinmann.
In previous positions, Ms. Steinmann has served as Associate Director of Interpretation and Public Programs at Hancock Shaker Village, and as Assistant Curator of Education at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Most recently, she held the posts of Senior Director of Programs and Reunions at the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, and earlier in her career she served as Education Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Ms. Steinmann earned her BA cum laude in Art History and French Studies from Wellesley College, and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Originally from Queens, NY, she now lives in Pittsfield, where she enjoys baking, canning, hunting for midcentury treasures at estate sales, and gardening.
More about The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees)
An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally, The Trustees were founded in 1891 by visionary landscape architect Charles Eliot, a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, to “hold in trust” (or preserve) “reservations” (or parks) for public use and enjoyment. The Trustees currently care for more than 26,000 acres spread across 112 properties of scenic, natural and cultural significance across the state which are visited by over one million people annually. Holdings range from working farms and historic homesteads with landscaped gardens, to barrier beaches, mountain vistas, woodland trails and urban community parks and gardens. The organization also protects and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 20,000+ acres and has worked with public and private partners statewide to assist in the protection of an additional 24,000+ acres. One of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits, The Trustees employs a year-round staff equivalent of 280 people with operating revenues over $20 million and an endowment that exceeds $125 million. To find out more, please visit: www.thetrustees.org.