August 4, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens has announced that its Board of Governors has promoted Jane H. Wald to executive director, effective July 1. Formerly director of resources and collections, she has been with the museum since the Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens, two historic houses associated with the poet Emily Dickinson, merged in 2003. Wald’s promotion represents a slight shift in the museum’s administrative structure and comes on the heels of the announcement by the board of the successful conclusion of its capital campaign and the completion of its master plan. Wald will continue her oversight of resources and collections while assuming new challenges of securing greater funding for the museum’s growing needs and implementing the initiatives outlined in the master plan.

Wald has served since 2004 as the museum’s co-director with Cindy Dickinson, director of programming and interpretation. Dickinson will continue in her role of developing and guiding the museum’s expanding array of tours and programs for the public.

Wald graduated from Bryn Mawr College, studied historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary and received a graduate degree in American history from Princeton University. Prior to her tenure at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Wald served as assistant director of development and marketing at Old Sturbridge Village and director of The Evergreens, under the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust. Upon the merger of the Homestead and The Evergreens in 2003, she became the museum’s associate director.

The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens is owned by the Trustees of Amherst College. For more information about the museum, please call 413/542-8161 or visit the Emily Dickinson Museum’s website.