On Thursday, July 12th, the Somerville Board of Aldermen honored the work and contributions of Somerville Museum’s Executive Director, Evelyn Battinelli, and former Director of Exhibitions, Michael O’Connell. The event took place at Somerville’s City Hall and was well attended by members of the community, museum volunteers, neighbors and friends.
For the last 25 years, Evelyn Battinelli has served as the Somerville Museum’s volunteer Executive Director. Last month, she was recognized with a 2018 Unsung Heroine Award at the Massachusetts State House. Her role at the Museum has been wide-ranging and her unflagging commitment to local history, culture, the arts and to the people of Somerville is truly something special.
For nearly 30 years, Michael O’Connell served as the founding Director of Exhibitions at The Somerville Museum. He created the Museum’s Community Curatorial Program, presenting visual arts, cultural and historical exhibits in conjunction with active participation of local community members. Michael advised and consulted with guest curators and visiting artists on all aspects of exhibition planning, budgeting and execution.
As the only membership supported, community-based cultural institution of its kind in Somerville, the Somerville Museum is the City of Somerville’s mirror, playing a central role in preserving the past, reflecting the present, and helping to shape the future. Recently, the Museum was awarded a 2017 Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for its exhibitions and programs.
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