Friday, September 15, 2006

Ski museum hires new director

Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society's Ski & Heritage Museum in Ketchum, above, has a new director. Express file photo

The board of directors of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society has hired Donna Simms as executive director of the Ski & Heritage Museum in Ketchum.

The position is a new one at the museum.

"We're really thrilled about that," said board President Betty Murphy. "She's fantastic. She's very interested in history."

The board approved the hire Friday, Sept. 8. Simms is set to begin work on Monday.

Simms will work in operations and fund raising at the museum, located in Ketchum's Forest Service Park.

"I need someone who can change exhibits (and) help me with fund-raising events," Murphy said.

Her salary will in part be up to her fund-raising ability.

"She is going to take what we pay her now and raise her own salary," Murphy said.

Simms has experience fund raising, recruiting and managing volunteers, and grant writing.

She most recently served as operations manager at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

The Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society was established in 1989. In 1993, the society signed a lease with the city for the use of three buildings at Forest Service Park. The buildings were renovated and opened to the public in 1995.

Forest Service Park and its buildings is one of only a few sites in Ketchum eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

That process is ongoing.

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