Museum’s Longtime Volunteer and Store Manager to Retire

Posted August 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm     Category: Cape Fear Museum

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum’s Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Museum Store Manager Karen Smith is retiring on September 1, 2014.

Smith began at the museum in 1991. During her 23-year tenure she saw the reopening of Cape Fear Museum in 1992 after its expansion, welcomed Michael Jordan to the Museum for the opening of the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery and more than 100 exhibits that brought in thousands of visitors.

Smith has managed hundreds of volunteers who help teach the Museum’s education programs, operate the Museum Store and assist collections with object research, cataloging, inventory projects and scanning.

“I will cherish the relationships with volunteers who have served the museum in every capacity possible,” Smith said. “I’ve always said, ‘I have the best volunteers in Wilmington.’”

In her retirement Smith and husband, Doug, plan to travel more with friends and family and continue to enjoy their five grandchildren. She will continue to serve on the Cape Fear Garden Club and Wilmington Symphony boards.


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