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Gail Nessell Colglazier

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Londonderry, New Hampshire 03053
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  • American studies
    Mount Holyoke College
  • master's degree
    Winterthur Program
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Contact Us, 27 Aug 2012 [cached]
Gail Nessell Colglazier Marketing and Development Director
Gail Colglazier, executive ..., 7 Nov 2012 [cached]
Gail Colglazier, executive director of the American Independence Museum, said that despite the surprise snowstorm, last year's inaugural event was well received and made for an original way to take history out of the books. "It is a very positive way to tell the story of these people," Colglazier said.
Colglazier said that all the figures have important ties to Exeter, and some even have ties to the museum.
"Our curator, Wendy Bergeron, had done research on all these people," Colglazier said.
Colglazier said the event has been a perfect match for the Halloween season, providing an educational and entertaining activity in the cemetery. "History is people's stories, and that's what makes it so much fun," she said.
Gail Nessell Colglazier is ..., 20 Jan 2008 [cached]
Gail Nessell Colglazier is the new exetutive director of the American Independence Museum in Exeter.Scott Yates/
Gail Nessell Colglazier filled the post left vacant this summer when former director Funi Burdick left for the same position at Canterbury Shaker Village.
"I like the museum's theme of connecting America's Revolutionary past with the present.For a lot of people, history is either boring or irrelevant, but it doesn't have to be.It can be exciting and I think there are a lot of opportunities here to make it exciting for people," she said.
Colglazier is attracted to history through stories and hopes to attract visitors to the American Independence Museum through those stories.
"As exciting as it is to look at the Declaration of Independence, it's the whole story of people and what was on their minds when they were drafting this," she said."That's what makes it really exciting."
For the last nine years, Colglazier has led the Manchester Historic Association as its director, during which time she oversaw the creation of the Millyard Museum, now one of Manchester's central attractions.
The Millyard Museum project was daunting as the building in the historic Amoskeag Millyard did not have an adequate heating or cooling system.She led a $4 million capital campaign that allowed the building to open as a museum.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Colglazier majored in American studies and earned her master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.
She has worked extensively with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the Division of Historic Resources and is actively involved with the New England Museum Association and the American Association of State and Local History.
Focusing on the 18th century mill community for nine years while in Manchester, Colglazier said she was attracted to the Exeter position because it was somewhat different.
"They have a broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence and two drafts of the U.S. Constitution.That's pretty exciting," she said.
Since taking the position Jan. 2, Colglazier has been learning about the museum's buildings and collections, and is getting acquainted with staff and others involved with the museum.
"Everyone has been welcoming and helpful.It's a nice way to start a new job," she said.
Colglazier said she hopes to work toward one of the museum's long-term goals to exhibit its historic documents more often.
"Finding a way to do that would be excellent.Making these more available to people is a great thing to be doing," she said."One thing about old houses is it's sometimes hard to have modern exhibits."
Colglazier said she would also like to lead the museum in taking advantage of the recently renovated Folsom Tavern for exhibits and events.
"Figuring out how best to use it is exciting.All the stories you can tell is exciting," she said.
AIM's board of governors will host an event to welcome Colglazier on Thursday, March 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Folsom Tavern.Donors, members, sponsors and community members will be invited as the date approaches.
NEMA | Annual Conference Sessions, 5 Sept 2011 [cached]
Welcome from Gail Nessell Colglazier, President, New England Museum Association
NEMA | Board of Directors, 10 July 2010 [cached]
Gail Nessell Colglazier Executive Director American Independence Museum One Governors Lane Exeter, NH 03833 Tel: 603-772-2622
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