Leanne Hayden is the Collection Manager at the museum. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of New Hampshire, and a M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology from Durham University in England. While working as an archaeologist, Ms. Hayden worked on projects all over New England as well as internationally in such far flung countries as Belize and Hungary. After several years of field work, she decided to make a career move and went through the Harvard University Extension School Museum Studies Program and has been working in museums ever since with more than 12 years of experience in her field. While working in museums, she has been responsible for taking a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy to be CAT scanned as well as organizing and installing dozens of exhibitions that included everything from M.C. Escher prints and Alexander Calder sculptures to Samurai armor and Native American headdresses.
She joined the museum in 2014 and as Collections Manager her responsibilities are wide ranging; they include overseeing donations, incoming and outgoing loans to the museum, assisting in the creation of new exhibitions, helping researchers to the archives and much more.
Growing up in York, Maine, right down the road from the beautiful historic buildings of the Museums of Old York, Leanne has always had a passion for history. She now lives in Lyman with her two daughters. After living in Massachusetts for a time, she is happy to be back in Maine close to family and their camp in Peru, Maine.
My favorite spot in the museum: At my desk. I’ve never had an office with such a fabulous view. On one side is a big window looking out onto Main Street and the Kennebunk Free Library which is a beautiful building. Most of my view is of the museum archives which is filled with the most wonderful historical artifacts from photographs to ship’s logs. It reminds me of how lucky I am to work in such a special place.
Why should everyone visit the museum: I often hear our visitors say as the walk through the galleries, “I haven’t visited the museum since I was a kid, I didn’t know you had this here?!” People are so surprised at the extent of our collection. We have over 70,000 objects, you will always see something new on display. If you haven’t been here since the 3rd grade, you will be amazed at what you will find.