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M. P. Barker is the Lead Guide at Storrowton. She assists with programs and does many behind-the-scenes tasks, like maintaining the museum’s costume and craft inventories, as well as organizing the museum library and coordinating garden volunteers. Michele began working at the museum in Fall 2015 and previously worked for Preservation Massachusetts, as an archivist at the Springfield History Museums and as a Historical Interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village.

Jessica K. Fontaine is the Director of Storrowton. She supervises the day-to-day operations and represents the museum to the community. Jessica is also a part of the Eastern States Exposition Leadership team. Before coming to the Village in June 2017, Jessica worked as a higher education administrator, fostering student success outside the classroom. Jessica has a long history at Storrowton, having attended the Early American Summer Days program as a child and later serving as a volunteer and counselor in July 1998.

Carol Geryk is the Seamstress at Storrowton. Her needle work keeps the Village’s many volunteers and young visitors neatly dressed in 19th century garb. Geryk began volunteering at the museum in 2001 and was an English Language Arts teacher at Powder Mill School in Southwick before joining the staff part-time. She teaches lessons each week for the Look Back School Program in the “Little Red Schoolhouse,” her favorite building on the grounds.

Sarah Platanitis is the Education and Communications Specialist at Eastern States Exposition. She oversees social media and marketing for Storrowton and assists with program planning for the museum. Sarah previously worked as a multimedia journalist/editor and K-12 educator. She has been connected to the Village since 1994, as a volunteer and senior counselor for the Early American Summer Days Program, and is the first woman to work at the forge in the Clark Blacksmith Shop, demonstrating the trade for public events at Storrowton.

Natalie Richards is the Archivist & Historian for Eastern States Exposition. She began work as the Collections Intern at Storrowton and is a 2020 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Natalie previously worked at the Springfield Museums and holds a part-time position at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Her favorite event at the museum is Haunted Storrowton and she admires the history of female leadership at the Village.

Jackie Sullivan is the Office Manager at Storrowton. She has worked at the Village for nearly 30 years and is usually the first staff member that visitors interact with when they call or stop by the Phillips House. Jackie works closely with the director to coordinate and supervise daily operations at the museum. She manages the museum’s volunteer staff of nearly 100 people, knows or can find the answers to any staff member’s question and is the keeper of the candy dish.

Chelsea Viens is the Retail & Business Manager at Storrowton. Chelsea has been a part of the ESE team in various capacities for 9 years and is currently working on a complete remodel of the Gift Shop. Before joining the staff, she was a shipper at C&S Wholesale. Chelsea is the daughter of Jackie Sullivan, assistant to the museum director, and has been connected to Storrowton since she was 16 years-old. Her favorite event is Yuletide and she enjoys telling the story of how the buildings were moved to the Village from all across New England
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