Outgoing War of 1812 Museum Director Tammy Brown, next to one of the museum’s many displays.
The War of 1812 Museum, operated by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, will be ringing in the New Year with a new museum manager.
Dave Deno, a native of Plattsburgh, will be taking over Jan. 6 from departing director Tammy Brown.
“It was not an easy decision to make, especially coming into our Bicentennial,” said Brown. “I was offered an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
Deno studied at Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh, earning a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in History with a minor in English from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2009. He has continued on with social studies education at SUNY Potsdam. He has volunteered his time doing historical work with the Civil Air Patrol and has recently been working toward the establishment of the new Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum which is expected to open June 7, 2014.
Deno is very excited to take over the day-to-day operation of the museum and the association, as he has always had an interest in history and learned very early on in life that by studying the history of the North Country, one is also studying the history of this nation.
“Our region has played a part in just about every major military conflict that the United States has been involved in. By looking at our own history and its role in national and international historical events, it’s easier for us as a community to make connections and relate to those events. These connections are what help us learn about history and allow us to become more historically mindful of what goes on around us,” said Deno.
“Tammy Brown, our departing museum manager, has done an outstanding job and I have some very big shoes to fill,” said Deno. “In addition to carrying on the successful programs and initiatives that Tammy has managed, my goals include trying to increase volunteer recruitment to better staff our museum and our History Shoppe. I will also continue to look for other monetary avenues that the museum can explore so that we can continue to flourish in these hard economic times. Finally, one of my top priorities is to continue to prepare for the upcoming Bicentennial so that our history can continue to be honored in a way we can be proud of.”
Brown sees the greatest success of her tenure as “Bringing our (local) history onto a national level.”
She says that recruiting volunteers for the upcoming Bicentennial will be critical to the success of the event, and she urges anyone who is history-minded and has free time to consider donating a few hours a week to the museum.
“Just have fun with it,” is Brown’s advice to Deno. “Your success is being friendly to the people who come through those doors.”
Brown has taken a position with Essex Pallet and Pellet Company of Keeseville, N.Y. serving as their Sales and Marketing Manager for their newest division: Adirondack Grilling pellets. She will continue to serve as a volunteer in the Clinton County history community when needed. The Battle of Plattsburgh Association wishes her the best of luck.