Loretta Harrison has resigned as executive director of the Lincoln County Historical Society as of January 1. Harrison served as executive director for the past 19 years and said she was leaving her post for personal reasons, “But I intend to return after a time to again be a major supporter of the society’s good work.”
“We are sorry to lose Loretta and appreciate her years of service,” Bart January, president of the Society, said. “She will be missed greatly, and we wish her well.”
Under her direction, the museum has continued and upgraded its education programs with new exhibits in the museums, traveling exhibits and programs for students as well as adults; worked actively to preserve objects and structures such as the CV Tradewinds Kingfisher and a historic building on Newport’s Bayfront slated to become a world-class maritime and heritage center; and continued an impressive publishing program which also includes videos.
“I have had the opportunity to work with a terrifically talented staff, an outstanding nonprofit board, and a dedicated group of volunteers,” Harrison wrote in a letter to members. “I am confident that the Lincoln County Historical Society has a bright future on Newport’s Bayfront and wish it well with the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center project,” she added.
Harrison has served as a museum assessment program consultant, traveling the country conducting site visits. She was also president of the Oregon Museums Association, a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a lecturer in museum studies at Oregon State University, and co-chair of the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition Planning Committee.
In 2008 Harrison was presented the Cultural Recognition Award by the Committee. “Loretta’s accomplishments enrich the past of one of the longest operating historical societies on the Oregon Coast and hold exciting promise for its future,” Catherine Rickbone, executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, said in presenting the award.