Museum Movin' and Shakin'
The Monterey Maritime Museum has fired its long time historian; plans face-lift.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Local historian Tim Thomas has been sacked in a "workforce reduction", says the museum's new director, Pamela Crowe-Weisberg.
Next January, the museum will shut down for 12 to 18 months for reorganization. Staffers will assess the collection and reconsider the stories the museum will tell as it undergoes its first re-do in 17 years.
"We need to look at the whole organization and make it relevant," says Crowe-Weisberg.
She wouldn't say why Thomas was let go, but she said that both museum attendance and fundraising are down. "We're suffering like any other non-profit."
Crowe-Weisberg, the former director of Park City, Utah's Kimball Art Museum, has led the Maritime Museum for just two months.
Thomas, who is an expert on the local fishing industry, and co-authored "Monterey's Waterfront", part of the Images of America series, could not be reached for comment.