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Museum Names New Board Chairman

April 30, 2011



Keith Manvill named as new board chairman of the Newburyport Maritime Society

NEWBURYPORT — The Custom House Maritime Museum board of directors has elected Keith Manville as its new chairman.

Manville, a resident of Reading, is the former superintendent of schools for Saugus. Prior to that, he served as assistant superintendant for Beverly public schools. A graduate of Notre Dame, with advanced degrees from Cornell and Boston University, he began his career as a teacher in the Watertown public schools. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1970.

Keith Manville, Board Chairman

"We are fortunate that the Custom House Maritime Museum is in a strong position, and we want to build upon the momentum," he said. "Moving forward, we want to focus on developing new exhibits so people have a reason to come back and visit. Already, we have four exciting exhibitions lined up for this year, along with an ambitious schedule of events."

In addition to growing membership and attracting more visitors to the museum, Manville said the museum wants to expand its outreach to the education community. This year, some 500 local students are expected to take part in various education enrichment programs offered by the museum.

Manville played a key role in developing the Maritime Adventure Walking Tour, which premiered last spring to a group of 50 students from Newburyport's Bresnahan Elementary School. The museum's Education Committee is currently focused on creating additional educational activities to offer schools in the region. "Road Shows," a program currently under development, involves selective museum artifacts and articles that would travel to schools along with a presentation team. A series of in-museum presentations based on existing exhibitions and selected artifacts from the museum's collections are also being considered to drive maritime-related topics that conform to state MCAS curriculum guidelines. Both programs are expected to be ready for testing this coming fall.

"My background is in history," Manville said. "As a teacher, I realize the importance of using our collection to tell the story behind the history of our community and our region."

The Custom House Maritime Museum is managed by the Newburyport Maritime Society Inc., established in 1968 to protect, preserve and communicate the maritime heritage of the Merrimack Valley and its role in American history.

The Water Street museum is open year-round for events and activities and daily beginning May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday and holiday Mondays. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Museum members, active military members and children under 6 are admitted free.

For more information, visit the museum website at, call 978-462-8681 or email













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