As Executive Director, Bruce manages the 88,000 square-foot museum, its budgets and personnel. He draws on a well-developed professional background. In addition, Bruce interfaces with the Board of Directors presenting them with financial information as well as status updates of ongoing projects, exhibitions, and acquisitions to our collections.
Collections & Exhibitions
Hilary Anderson StellingDirector
Hilary oversees collections and exhibitions. At the museum since 2000, she has curated exhibitions on topics ranging from Masonic decorative arts and neon signs to colonial history and contemporary photography. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Hilary writes for the Museum’s Blog and contributed to the publication Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection. If you would like to make a donation to the collection or have questions about exhibitions or collections, please get in touch.
Maureen HarperCollections Manager
Maureen manages the physical care of the Museum’s collection, which includes maintaining appropriate housing and storage. Maureen also coordinates all object conservation. She maintains the collections management database (MIMSY XG), which includes information on every object, such as title, maker, place made, date made, location, and photographs. When an object is used in an exhibition, Maureen prepares and supervises installation of the object in the museum galleries. If an object is borrowed by another museum for exhibition, she supervises proper packing, safe transportation and careful display at the borrowing institution.
Ymelda Rivera LaxtonAssistant Curator
Ymelda Rivera Laxton focuses on all aspects of digitizing the museum’s collections and making them accessible online. She researches and writes about artifacts in the collection and shares those stories through her contributions to the museum’s online publications and Masonic journals and magazines. She has a B.A. in History from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
Michael RizzoMuseum Designer
Michael is responsible for the design and installation of all exhibitions in the museum’s galleries and public spaces. He also designs the graphics relating to the exhibitions and public information. A graduate of Rutgers University, Michel also holds a certificate in Museum Training from The Newark Museum. He has more than thirty years’ experience in exhibition design and has worked for some of the largest art museums in the country and at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library for 17 years.
Patti CallahanFunctions Manager
Patti has planned hundreds of events at the museum. She works with clients of all kinds ranging from corporations, small businesses, and private groups. She has grown the functions department tremendously, effortlessly handling an array of events including annual meetings, business seminars, weddings, and dance recitals. She has been with the museum since 2000.
In addition to assisting with budget preparation and monthly expense reconciliation, Tracey also coordinates project bid documentation and implementation.
Library & Archives
Jeff CroteauDirector of Library & Archives
Jeff Croteau is the Museum’s librarian. He is the Director of the Library & Archives and is responsible for all aspects of the library’s functions, which include acquiring books and periodicals, cataloging books, and providing reference services. He also frequently writes about the library’s collection for the Museum’s blog and The Northern Light, the quarterly magazine of Scottish Rite Masonry in America. He earned his Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree from Queens College in New York and Master of Arts (M.A.) in English from the University of New Hampshire.
John Coelho is the Museum’s archivist. He is responsible for all aspects of the archives’ functions, which include acquiring archival items and collections, cataloging collections, and providing reference services related to the archives. He has a Master of Science in Library & Information Science (M.S.) from Simmons College in Boston and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in History from Providence College in Providence, RI.
Linda PatchDirector of Communications
Linda has been with the museum & library since 1990. She has a broad background in non-profit and corporate public relations, marketing, and communications. Linda is responsible for media relations, promotional and fundraising publications, online outreach and social media efforts.