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Ex-city manager to lead museum for now

March 7, 2008


Former City Manager named interim museum director

A familiar face takes the reigns at the Watkins Community Museum of History - at least for the time being. Enlarge video

Former Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen now is part-time interim director of Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Wildgen began his job Monday. He will hold the position until the Douglas County Historical Society Board of Directors can find a permanent replacement. Former museum director Rebecca Phipps was dismissed last month.

Wildgen was hired because he brings management expertise and contacts, historical board chairwoman Phyllis Tiffany said.

Tiffany said the board doesn't know how long it will take to hire a director.

"Money is the issue," Tiffany said. "To get a really top-flight, experienced person, we're going to have to look awfully hard at what we can offer them and how hard we can work to raise that kind of money."


soiledbrown 6 years, 1 month ago

good luck mike-look forwrd to seeing you wearing the puppet strings again!


Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

consumer..mike is used to being underappreciated.


hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 1 month ago

Wildgen needs to insist that the Board of Directors be reduced ASAP to no more than 5. He needs to make personal contact with former donors and solicit their advice. He also needs to decide what the building is to be used for? What is going to be the purpose of the building. Is it to be a looksie museum, decorated by Elvira Angeletti, or just what it is now, not much ado about nothing. Remove all historical papers, documents from it. Place them at the Carnegie Building. Use the Carnegiie buildig as a historical county research library. If not, then this whole thing is a waste of time.

How much is Mike going to be paid? And where does the money come from? I do find it interesting that Mike is hired to direct the museum but wasnt' good enough for the commissioners to run the city. hmmmmm????


americorps 6 years, 1 month ago

The chamber will kill it, they are failures to Lawrence.


consumer1 6 years, 1 month ago

You couldn't pay me enough to take over that mess. there are sooooo many cooks who want to stir the pot. What a mess Good luck MIKE>>> You will need it, You will work your rear end off and no one will appreciate what you do.


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