February 01, 2019, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake welcomed its creative new Director of Interpretation, Cheryl Braunstein on November 26, 2018. She comes to Blue Mountain Lake from Washington DC where she had been working at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park since 2005. Most recently, she served as that organization’s Manager of Exhibit Planning and Development. At the zoo she was responsible for the popular American Trail exhibition among other major projects. American Trail uses a tidepool-themed water play area, life-size models, and an immersive film by award-winning cinematographer Bob Talbot to “transport” visitors to the Pacific Coast. “Cheryl is a truly remarkable museum professional whose skills and wide ranging interests will help our organization to continue to grow,” observes ADKX Executive Director David Kahn. “She served as co-chair of both the Smithsonian’s Material Culture Forum and its Ivory Initiative. Both of those groups involved representatives from many different disciplines within the Smithsonian.” Cheryl, who holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management, has also worked for the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Field Museum, and the Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center. At ADKX Cheryl will oversee exhibition development, public programming, and PreK-12 offerings.
“It is easy to see how the Adirondacks captivates those who come here—from families with deep regional roots to visitors who are exploring for the first time. I am excited to delve into the connections people make within this landscape and to work with the ADKX team to give shape to these stories through creative exhibitions and outreach programs”, said Ms. Braunstein.
Cheryl Braunstein will oversee exhibition development and public programming at ADKX. Major projects she is working on include opening in 2019 the new Paradise Boathouse on Minnow Pond and the newly reinterpreted Boaters’ Paradise Trail leading from the ADKX campus to the boathouse. She is also collaborating with staff on the development of a major new permanent exhibition featuring ADKX’s fine and decorative arts collections that is slated to open in 2021.