We are excited to have Mary Everett-Patriquin working with us at the museum. Mary received her masters’ degree in anthropology, with a specialization in museum studies, from Arizona State University in Phoenix. “We moved to the Cape in 2008 when everything had tanked,” she says, adding that museums at the time were laying people off left and right. She became a volunteer coordinator with Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis, where she worked for ten years.
Mary is now working with our curator Don Stucke to help with our new navigation exhibit and our upcoming exhibit for 2020’s Mayflower 400 celebration. She’s been researching, writing and helping with some parts of the exhibit installations.
“One of the most fascinating things to me is the fact that the pilgrims did in fact spend time on the Cape,” says Mary in regard to the Mayflower 400 exhibit she is working with Don to put together. They’ll be presenting a two part exhibit: part 1 will focus on the pilgrims’ lives before the journey overseas; part two will be about the five weeks they spent on Cape Cod.
What does Mary love about the museum? “I really like that it covers such a mix. I love the maritime history, the wooden boats and the art, and that it’s all about the Cape’s oceans. There’s something for everyone. Plus, it’s a great group of fun creative people.”