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Meet Erin McGough of Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin McGough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Erin. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In an age where many people “career hop” looking for the right opportunity, I am actually still working in the field in which I started! I got my first job at 19 years old, working with the collections at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamburg, VA, and now, almost twenty years and many jobs later, I still find museum work to be tremendously fulfilling.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are challenges inherent in museum work: scarcity of jobs; low pay; high requirements in terms of education and experience. Changing jobs is not easy and doesn’t always correspond in terms of timing with other events in your life. You’re forced to be more flexible, to constantly seek new marketable skills, and to be creative in terms of determining your own future and being receptive to unforeseen opportunities.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Duxbury Rural & Historical Society – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society was founded in 1881 to preserve the rural and historical character of Duxbury. Over the years, this has meant many different and changing things, but at the heart of the organization’s identity is a sense of place, community, and a connection to the larger continuum that we are all part of.

Today, we operate four historic house properties, as well as an archival library, maintain exhibitions, collections, and an active institutional calendar of over 60 programs, events, and rentals each year. We also preserve more than 160 acres of land in conservation.

I’m most proud of recent efforts to institutionalize an open, engaging and relevant character at the DRHS; our most recent year, themed “Year of the Volunteer” or “Find YOUR Place at DRHS” was aimed at engaging new volunteers at many levels of the organization, growing our membership, and reinforcing the fact that Duxbury’s history is still being created every day, with each of us.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Boston always feels very accessible to me – the scale, the materials, the buildings, the streets. It maintains historical flavor while still catering to the needs of today.

This is not always the easiest of tensions, and sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong, but the continuing discussion is crucial and I’m grateful for it.

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