NORTH CREEK - A personal interest in local history and historical education has resulted in the appointment of a new interim director for the North Creek Railway Depot Preservation Association.
North Creek resident Michelle SanAntonio joined the museum's volunteer effort late last year and quickly assumed a leadership role. She was appointed as interim director following the departure of the former director, Sharalee Falzerano, in December 2008.
SanAntonio possesses a Master's Degree in Archeology from the University of Montana with a focus on Archeology Education and Outreach for school age children. She will serve as interim director for the next three months at which time she can elect to accept a permanent position on the museum's paid staff.
Her initial introduction to the group occurred after approaching the Johnsburg Historical Society regarding the history of her home. She soon learned about the Depot Museum and its efforts to establish an educational center in the Owens House property. This discovery led to her decision to join the Depot Museum as a volunteer in an effort to lend assistance to the program.
"I really wanted to have a strong role in the education center that they have been trying for so long to get up and running," said SanAntonio. "Sharalee made great progress in getting the specifications for the center - including the computer workstations and the custom-designed tables. We owe her a great debt for the hard work and commitment she put into all of this."
In addition to the educational facility, the group also plans to renovate a portion of the Owens House into a temperature controlled artifact storage room. The availability of proper storage would further strengthen the ties between the Depot Museum and the Johnsburg Historical Society as talks of a potential merger continue.
"I think local Historical Societies are very important to small communities like ours," said SanAntonio.