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Organization: Governance, Staff and Tax Status

The Chatham Historical Society, a membership corporation under Massachusetts laws, is governed by an Executive Board of five officers (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, President of the Operating Board) and a maximum of 12 trustees.  Officers are elected annually by the membership, except the President who is appointed annually by the Executive Board. Trustees serve four-year terms on a rotating basis. This board is responsible for the financial stability of the society, for setting general policy, for appointing the members of the Operating Board and members of the Board of Overseers.

Under the President, the Operating Board is responsible for implementing the policies set by the Executive Board and for conducting the day-to-day business of the society and of its Atwood House & Museum.

The Chatham Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Gifts to the society are deductible as provided in federal income tax regulations and as provided in the laws and regulations of some states.


Chatham Historical Society Organization
Board of Trustees
Stephen J. Burlingame
Vice Chair
Virginia T. Nickerson
Stephanie Bartlett
Linda Cebula
Richard Batchelder, Jr.
Sherie Bush
Richard H. Evans
Stuart Green
Cynthia B. McCue
Steve Nickerson
Norman Pacun
Alan T. Sachtleben
Angie B. Simonds
Craig Vokey
Executive Director
Danielle Jeanloz
Assistant Director
Kevin Wright
Margaret Martin
Lynn Van Dine
Jean Young
Mary Ann Gray
Buildings & Grounds Chair
Don St. Pierre
Costumes & Textiles Chair
Janet Marjollet
Display Advisor
Mary Ann Fritsch
Museum Shop Manager
Gaylene Heppe
Book Store Buyers
Florence Seldin - Adult
Barbara Semple Children
Technology Chair
Robert Ralls
Ron Clark
Lecture Series
Priscilla Dalrymple
Bernard Cornwell
Spencer Y. Grey
William G. Litchfield
Walter J. Meier
Joshua A. Nickerson, Jr.
David R. Oakley
Winifred Portenoy
Christopher Rhinesmith
Christopher Seufert
Mark Simonitsch

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