- Sean Ridder will take over the reins of the Yukon Transportation Museum for one year.
- The museum mentioned the change in leadership noting present executive director Janna Swales will be taking on the specialist role of ‘museums,’ focusing on special projects, strategic planning, historical research, and curating exhibits.
Sean Ridder will take over the reins of the Yukon Transportation Museum for one year, beginning January. 4.
The museum mentioned the change in leadership in December. 15 statement, noting present executive director Janna Swales will be taking on the specialist role of ‘museums,’ focusing on special projects, strategic planning, historical research, and curating exhibits.
Since March, Ridder has been working as the operations manager, a role that has seen him work on digital projects and e-commerce initiatives in administrative functions and improving outreach and programming as the museum has continued to operate throughout the pandemic.
“I am fascinated by the shifting role of the museum in society, as museums like ours across the country are again imagined as community meeting places, laboratories of ideas, and caretakers of our shared heritage,” Ridder said. “It is an honor to take on this leadership role at the Yukon Transportation Museum, and I’ll do my best to make this fantastic place even better.”
The museum’s board noted that Swales would continue to bring her skills to the museum.
Under Swales’ leadership, the museum adopted permanent winter hours, hosted the Ice Palace Blues music series, presented exhibits, negotiated a long-term lease, ensured a new lighting system met museum standards, and “created space for ongoing community conversations about immigration, electric vehicles, and transportation energy networks.”
“Janna’s energy and passion have pushed the YTM forward in every way,” museum president Nugent stated. “She helps us rethink the concept of transportation: what it is, what it means to us, and how it has changed and continues to change us.”
For her part, Swales said she’s honored to have served as the executive director for nearly a decade and would assist Ridder as he moves into the role.
“I am looking forward to helping the museum continue contributing to the fabric of this community,” Swales stated. “The directors of the museum’s board are to be commended for their knowledgeable commitment to Yukon transportation history — thank you. I appreciate all of the board and volunteers and staff I have worked with over the past decade.”
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