Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Local News

Woodinville woman to direct museum

   The Marymoor Museum of Eastside History has been a fixture on the Eastside since 1965. Located in the 1904 Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, the museum was formed to promote the study of local history and the preservation of artifacts from the East King County region. It possesses a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts, photos, and archival collections for use in study and exhibits.

   Recently, a new acting director for the museum was appointed to replace the current director, Karen Luetjen, who is leaving to take the position of deputy director for Collections and Exhibitions at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.

   The new director is Faye Lovvorn, a Woodinville resident, who started volunteering at the museum in 1997 when she first arrived here from North Carolina with her husband Jim and their son Andrew. Prior to coming to the Eastside, Lovvorn was a registrar for the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh for seven years. She holds an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University and a BA in history from the University of Washington.

   While a volunteer at the Marymoor Museum, she curated the exhibit "Ladies of Fashion: the Weatherill Collection." Last January, Lovvorn took over the position of collections manager, completing the first ever inventory of the museum's artifacts, with the help of UW intern Kristin Halunin.

   Lovvern has always had an avid interest in history. She says, "I've always been a kind of history buff, and I love antiques and art. The museum field is a perfect match for my interests, as it allows me to help interpret history for the public."

   Lovvorn is excited to be at the helm of the Marymoor Museum. "This is a jewel box museum that is so important to the cultural heritage of this area," comments Lovvorn. "My goal as Director is to make the public more aware of what the museum has to offer and to encourage people to visit and learn firsthand about the rich heritage of the Eastside."

   Another of Lovvorn's projects will be to assist the Board in helping to find a new facility for the museum in the next four to five years. The museum has outgrown its 7,300-square-foot space in the Clise Mansion and a larger facility is needed to accommodate all the exhibits and displays it has planned for the future.

   Marymoor Museum also offers a variety of educational services for schools and other groups. Treasure Boxes, kits that contain artifacts and activities, provide hands-on experiences for children to discover Eastside history and are available for borrowing along with various other materials. There are also classroom exhibit kits; numerous publications; slide, video, and lecture programs; and museum tours.

   Currently, in the large gallery, the museum is exhibiting "The Legacy of Eastside Parks and Gardens," a display exploring how Eastside parks illustrate a legacy of past land use. A wide range of public parks and gardens are highlighted, based on a significant aspect of their origin or history. In March, the "2000 Furniture Exhibit" will open. Wilson O'Donnell, an expert in American furniture and furniture restoration, is serving as the volunteer Guest Curator for the exhibit.

   "This will be an exciting exhibit," comments Lovvorn. "Wilson has analyzed our furniture collection and determined that several pieces are quite significant."

   Marymoor Museum has an active volunteer staff that is an important part of the functioning of the museum. Volunteers donate thousands of hours and receive training to work on projects tailored to their interests.

   "Come and get involved," urges Lovvorn. "We're a fun group and I think people will enjoy the experience, as well as knowing that their work is important."

   For information on programs and volunteer opportunities, call the museum at 425-885-3684 or check out its new website at www.MarymoorMuseum.org.