Woodman Museum Launches 106th Season with new exhibits and new Director


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Woodman Museum Launches 106th Season with new exhibits and new Director

Dover’s Woodman Museum has re-opened for its 106th season! Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, the museum offers visitors the opportunity to tour four distinct and historic buildings on its grounds: the 1818 Woodman House, the 1813 Hale House, the 1675 Damm Garrison, and the 1827 Keefe House. Thousands of artifacts exhibiting a wide range of art, history, science, and nature are on display for all ages to enjoy.

The Board of Directors is also proud to announce that a new Executive Director, Jonathan Nichols, has been hired to replace David Tompkins who has accepted a new position in Boston. The Board extends its thanks to Dave for his nearly four-year tenure at the Woodman, and for his guidance, initiative, and perseverance through the difficult pandemic period. 

Jon Nichols is a graduate of UNH with a BA degree in history, specializing in the colonial period through the Reconstruction era. His most recent job was Museum Experience Manager at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, but previous to that position, he worked at the Woodman Museum for two years as both an intern and a docent while pursuing his degree. Jon also served in the US Coast Guard for six years.

Jon is especially glad to reconnect with the Woodman team, joining long-term Operations Director Mike Day and a corps of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Jon’s foremost goal is to grow the museum’s audience: creating more in-person events plus expanding the museum’s online reach via social media and a new customer-focused website. He hopes to increase community participation, attendance, and partnerships, and to develop engaging new experiences for guests. Jon says, “Having grown up in Dover, I have many fond memories of the Woodman. From school field trips to family tours, every visit fueled my desire to be a part of this splendid organization. I am truly excited to now lead the museum and to build on its success so that we can welcome guests for another 106 years.”

The Woodman Museum is located at 182 Central Avenue in Dover. For further information, call the museum at 603-742-1038. To contact Jonathan Nichols, email director@woodmanmuseum.org. He would love to hear your suggestions!