NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum is excited to announce the promotion of one team member and return of another. Heather Yenco, the Museum’s registrar, was promoted to curator in April 2017 after Barbara Rowe’s retirement in March. Jeff Zuege, who was a Museum educator for eight years, returned as a full-time educator after teaching in the New Hanover County public schools system for five years.
Yenco is responsible for the acquisition, conservation, preservation and research of the Museum’s artifact collection. She also collaborates with other Museum units to develop exhibits and programs that interpret the Museum’s collection for the public. Yenco earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history with a minor in arts management from the College of Charleston in 2007 and a master in museum studies from the University of Toronto in 2009. She spent five years as curator of collections and exhibitions at Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, S.C. Yenco joined the team at Cape Fear Museum in 2015 as registrar. “Heather has already proved to be a valuable asset to the Museum. She recently took on the challenge of updating our collections database and training our staff to use the new system. We were thrilled to promote her to this important position,” says Sheryl Mays, Museum director.
Jeff Zuege will focus on school programs at the Museum and develop new preschool and weekend activities. He will also lead new programs with exciting Museum technology such as the digital planetarium and Lego Mindstorm robots. His position is aligned with the Museum’s strategic goal of offering program opportunities on the weekends. With Zuege’s position, Cape Fear Museum will expand its popular Little Explorers pre-school program to Saturdays in the fall. Zuege holds a Master’s of Science degree in education and has extensive experience in schools and informal education. “Jeff is a valuable asset to our Museum. He has worked with our team in the past and comes back to us with experience in early childhood education – an important component of family learning at the Museum,” says Amy Thornton, Museum education coordinator.