Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mashantucket Pequot Museum executive director to speak in Woodbridge

WOODBRIDGE - The public is invited to the Friends of the Woodbridge Library Annual Purves Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

The featured speaker will be Kimberly Hatcher-White, executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

Born and reared in Willimantic, Hatcher-White is a tribal member descended from the Anna Williams family line, and is the youngest daughter of tribal elder Marion Madeline Harris-Hatcher, organizers said in a statement.

Hatcher-White was named executive director in 2006. She has worked extensively with the museum's collections and exhibits, providing for long term care and preservation of the tribe's cultural heritage, the statement said.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, and is completing the certificate program in Museum Studies at Tufts University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Purves Lecture is an annual event sponsored by Friends of the Woodbridge Library. The series was created by the family of Marjorie Purves, a past Friends member, to memorialize her and to perpetuate her love of books, love of great literature and most importantly, to share that love with the Woodbridge community, the statement said.

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