Woodlawn welcomes new trustees

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, the governing board of Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park, held its annual meeting and dinner on Jan. 28 at the Black House in Ellsworth.

The trustees welcomed three new members to the board. Emeritus Trustees Ruth Brenninkmeyer and Stephen Shea were welcomed back as active members and Marilyn Smith was seated as Woodlawn’s newest trustee.

Commenting on the selection of Smith, Executive Director Joshua Torrance said, “Marilyn’s interest in Woodlawn was sparked this past year when she volunteered at the Ellsworth Antiques Show, participated in the Christmas at Woodlawn program and attended weekly Rotary meetings held at Woodlawn in the summer.

“As a CPA, Marilyn’s understanding of nonprofit organizations from a financial perspective will be a great addition to our board.”

Smith is co-owner of BHA, LLC, and is an active member of the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club. She is currently working to establish a new Rotary Club in Blue Hill.

Shea has served Woodlawn over the years in many different roles. During her tenure as a trustee, Brenninkmeyer was in the founding group that established Woodlawn’s croquet court and a stalwart member on the Ellsworth Antique Show Preview Party Committee, which she will continue to serve on.

“We are delighted to have both Ruth and Stephen return to active status on our board,” Torrance said. “They both have been true ambassadors for Woodlawn and enthusiastic long-term supporters of the organization.”

This year marked the 115th annual meeting of the Trustees. The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations was formed in 1901 by concerned citizens in response to extensive lumbering and the increase in private land ownership in Hancock County. They were very successful in preserving thousands of acres on Mount Desert Island, and then donated their holdings to the federal government in 1916, which formed the core of Acadia National Park.

In 1929, they accepted Woodlawn from the bequest of George Nixon Black Jr. and have continued to maintain and govern it for public use ever since.

To learn more, visit woodlawnmuseum.org.

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