Kaminski House in Georgetown looks ahead to a positive 2014 with new staff

01/31/2014 12:24 PM

01/31/2014 12:26 PM

Both directors of the Kaminski House Museum voiced excitement at the road ahead for 2014 in increasing awareness and marketing of the historic site’s on Georgetown’s Harborwalk.

Robin Gabriel, executive director since Sept. 30, and Kim Leatherwood, the newly hired assistant director, both spoke of all the potential and projects in the museum’s first year of management by the Friends of Kaminski House Museum, which took the reins July 1 from the city of Georgetown.

Leatherwood, a Florence native living in Pawleys Island, said Friday, after her first week in the job, that “so much potential” exists. Having worked in Georgetown, including a tenure heading the Cultural Council of Georgetown County, she said, “I’ve always thought this area is so undiscovered; it’s such a treasure.”

A walk through the historic district downtown in South Carolina’s third oldest city does it all to remind her.

“Front Street is all the Southern charm you could ever want,” said Leatherwood of her love for the area, where “I grew up on and off, waiting tables in Murrells Inlet.”

She called the museum’s board of directors “very proactive,” with a “vision for the museum.”

Leatherwood said she has also researched ways that other historic sites extend their visibility and attraction, such as with high teas, about which she just read.

“It’s just really interesting how we can market the museum and all its potential,” she said.

Leatherwood also has been executive director of the former Horry Cultural Arts Council, and her resume incudes consultant roles with the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach Community Association, Florence Area Arts Council, Arts Council of Marion County, and S.C. Arts Alliance.

Gabriel said adding Leatherwood to Kaminski House Museum’s team will only help among “lots of good projects” planned. The “Made in the Shade” concert series and annual Fourth of July celebration remain on the radar as summer traditions to keep, she said, explaining that work continues on master plans to coordinate “a slate of public programs ... that we hope to announce soon.”

With “lots of support from the community, and wonderful, wonderful volunteers” – who number more than 20 – and a new assistant director, and the all-volunteer board of directors, Gabriel said, “we have a great team in place.”

This new forum of ideas at “one of the anchors of the Harborwalk” is already at work “creating some wonderful things,” she said, “in the heart of historic Front Street.”

The house, 1003 Front St., dates to about 1769, preceding the Revolutionary War, and it first opened as a house museum in 1973. It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., and guests also can check out its adjoining Stewart-Parker House.

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