Adapting to the Times, Whittier Birthplace Names Paré to Newly Created Post of Executive Director

Birthplace of poet John Greenleaf Whittier, 305 Whittier Road, Haverhill. (File photograph.)

Kaleigh Paré has been named to the newly created position of executive director of Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace.

Paré, an experienced museum professional, specializing in historic sites, was previously associated with the Buttonwoods Museum, Ipswich Museum and, most recently, as director of the Patton Homestead in Hamilton, where she will continue to assume a leadership role.

“Making strategic hires like this is essential in supporting our core strategy to become a premier museum in Essex County,” said Arthur H. Veasey, president of the trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead. “During these challenging times, we remain focused on our mission to perpetuate the reputation, visibility and popularity of our museum and grounds as a destination for visitors and as a welcoming venue for special events,” he added.

The homestead and museum is at 305 Whittier Road in Haverhill. The historic land and buildings, a fixture among the city’s cultural treasures, was deeded to the trustees by James H. Carleton in 1892 to preserve as nearly possible the natural features of the landscape and buildings as when occupied by a young Whittier, who was later renowned as a fireside poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Paré is a Haverhill native and a graduate of Bates College. She received a Master of Liberal Arts specializing in Museum Studies from Harvard University.

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