Gig Harbor’s Jennifer Kilmer will lead the Washington State History Museum into the next chapter in its history.
Kilmer will replace retiring State Historical Society director David Nicandri in October. She leaves an eight-year tenure as executive director of the Harbor History Museum, which recently opened in a new location in her hometown after a two-year absence.
She is married to Democratic state Sen. Derek Kilmer, lead writer of the Senate’s capital-construction budget.
Gov. Chris Gregoire made the appointment last week, approving a unanimous recommendation by the society’s board of trustees. The society runs the Tacoma museum and Olympia’s State Capital Museum.
The Historical Society’s museums were threatened with closure last year, along with the state museum in Spokane. But the Legislature ending up preserving them on a reduced schedule. The threatened cuts could be back next year, but Kilmer didn’t sound worried:
The Tacoma community came together and really rallied around the State History Museum, and I would expect that strong outpouring of support to continue.
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