Stanley-Whitman House seeks a creative, experienced, and organized professional Executive Director

Stanley-Whitman House

STANLEY-WHITMAN HOUSE: A National Historic Landmark and Living History Center                                 

The Stanley-Whitman House seeks a creative, experienced, and organized professional Executive Director to provide it with dynamic leadership and oversight.  The Executive Director will oversee and manage the strategic plan, mission delivery, and daily operations of the Stanley-Whitman House. Responsibilities will include managing five part-time staff and 60 volunteers; assuring that institutional policies and procedures as well as professional, ethical and legal standards are met; furthering the preservation of the historic house, collections and archives; coordinating the maintenance and safety of the facility; managing programmatic, educational and marketing initiatives; and leading fund development efforts to ensure the fiscal health of the institution.

The ideal candidate will have a sense of humor, a proven ability to build relationships, and a strong desire to work in a demanding non-profit museum and education environment. Previous experience in staff supervision, collection management, use of technology, and prioritizing projects are also important.  The ideal candidate should be able to rapidly identify and address critical issues, respond to new opportunities, and prepare and present effective written and oral reports to donors and constituents.  Strong leadership and interpersonal and customer service skills are critical to work effectively with a variety of constituents, including the Board of Directors, staff, community members, town officials, and neighbors.  The salary is commensurate with experience; starting range is $35,000 – $45,000.


Stanley-Whitman House, a living history center, exists to educate through the collection, preservation, research and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington. The authentic programs and events encompass interactive and first-person interpretations of life from 1642 through 1810. Adults, families and schools located in the eight original land areas, are the primary geographic focus: Farmington, Unionville, Berlin, Southington, Bristol, Avon, New Britain, Burlington and Plainville.


  • Stanley-Whitman House presents history authentically to the public, with the understanding that the interpretation of history changes as new information and viewpoints become available.
  • Stanley-Whitman House provides experiences to make history vibrantly real. We believe that people of all ages understand and empathize with people of the past through real-life, participatory experiences.
  • Stanley-Whitman House stewards an important period of American history by preserving a nationally-significant historic building and landscape, and a priceless archives and collection.
  • Stanley-Whitman House actively collaborates with local heritage partners to enrich the presentation and strengthen the preservation of history. The museum values its role as The Farmington Visitor Center, a gateway to Farmington’s heritage and historic sites.

The Farmington Village Green and Library Association (FVGLA) is the parent owner of the Stanley-Whitman House, the Farmington Libraries, the Memento Mori Cemetery and the Farmington Village Green. The Board of the Stanley- Whitman House Museum and its Executive Director oversee the operations of the Stanley Whitman House, the Memento Mori Cemetery and the Farmington Village Green. The FVGLA provides financial management and development for the Stanley Whitman House’s endowment, audit services, insurance and general marketing. The Executive Director of the Stanley-Whitman House serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Development Committee of the FVGLA.

To learn more about the Stanley-Whitman House, please visit our website at   Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via electronic mail to:

Terry Roberts

Chair, Search Committee

Stanley Whitman House

37 High Street

Farmington, CT 06032


Electronic submissions ONLY. No phone calls, please.
Do not contact us via the Digital Farmington website.

The position is available on March 1, 2018.  The Stanley- Whitman House seeks candidates who would add to the intellectual, racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of the Farmington community and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



Avon Historical Society asks for help after a fire at the Derrin Farmhouse

Avon Fire, Derrin Farmhouse, May 11, 2016

Avon Fire, Derrin Farmhouse, May 11, 2016

Hello everyone,

As many of you know the c.1810 Derrin Farmhouse at 249 West Avon Road, part of the Avon Historical Society, suffered severe fire damage this past Wednesday, May 11th.  Thanks to the very quick and precise response by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, with mutual aid from Simsbury, Canton and Farmington, the structure was saved and it is structurally sound.  The cause was deemed to be an accident – spontaneous combustion of oily stain soaked rags left in a plastic garbage pail from some volunteer work done the day before the fire.
We have set up a funding site for donations and I am asking you to consider a donation and to share this site with your contacts who might be interested in donating.  And if you are on Facebook, we would very much appreciate it if posted the site on your Facebook page letting others know of the opportunity to save this over 200 year old structure.
The site is:  Or donations can be made to:  Avon Historical Society, P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001. Note on the memo line: Derrin House.  All contributions are tax deductible.
The past 72 hours since the fire has been a learning process for all of us.  But we have received an overwhelming amount of support from local and state organizations (even the New England Museum Association) all standing ready to help us as we go forward.  Some even arrived on scene yesterday afternoon to tour the damage and provide advice and consultation on next steps.  Those who have been through this before say that lemonade can come from lemons; we are hoping this to be the case.  And we are quickly learning that this is going to be a very long process, so we are moving carefully and deliberately to make sure we achieve our goal.

As part of background, the Society does not own the building. It is leased from the CT Department of the Military because the last family to live in it (not Derrins) were the caretakers of the First Co. Governor’s Horse Guards which is located across the street. We have had the lease since 1996 and there has been a large team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 20 years restoring the house with grants, private donations and lots and lots of donated materials.  The lease requires the Society to carry insurance, which we do. But, as you can image, no amount of insurance can replace what was lost.  So we are seeking donations to help this process move forward.  We will be updating the Society’s website tomorrow with more details, but the GoFundMe page has photos and explanation of what happened.

We had planned a grand re-opening event on June 12th  to mark the 250th anniversary of the Derrin Family signing a deed taking over the land that this house is on today.  The work being done inside was getting ready for that day of celebration with the opening of a new Visitor Center.  The Derrin family owned three houses and farms on West Avon Road from 1766 until the 1940’s.  Many of you may know the “flower house” on the same road just south of our Derrin House.  That house was also a Derrin Family house and farm.
Thank you for considering a donation, which can be anonymous, on the funding site or via the mail.  Or, if you do not donate, but can pass on this information to others, we would very much appreciate it.
Terri Wilson
Avon Historical Society