After a focused search, the Gibson House Museum has appointed Michelle Marchetti Coughlin as its new museum administrator, according to a press release.
Coughlin is a historian and the author of “One Colonial Woman’s World,” which reconstructs the life of the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman. She currently serves on the board of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, where she helps oversee operations and plans educational programs.
Coughlin brings broad administrative experience to the position as well as a commitment to public history. She has lectured widely on the subject of her book and has served as a Mass Humanities Scholar in Residence. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in history with a certificate in museum studies from Tufts University, a master’s degree in English and American literature from Harvard University Extension School, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In her new role, Ms. Coughlin manages all aspects of the Gibson House Museum, including operations, and supports board committees and their activities. She joined the museum on Sept. 2.