Jefferson historical society museum director to leave

PORT TOWNSEND — After eight years at the helm of the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, Director Niki R. Clark plans to step down in October.

Clark announced her decision Wednesday to society members, saying she planned to move to Nova Scotia, where the family of her husband, Ian Curry, lives.

Clark, who has a doctorate in archaeology, also plans to continue her research in Peru, where she has worked on textiles and started a museum.

Clark was unable to be reached for comment Thursday.

Historical Society President Barbara Marseille said Clark — only the second professional director of the museum in the organization’s 123-year history — had brought about significant advances.

“Mainly because of Niki’s efforts, the society became a very vital part of what is happening,” Marseille said. “It will be difficult to find someone as competent and dedicated as Dr. Clark.”


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