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Allen County Museum says goodbye to longtime director while welcoming new one

The Allen County Museum and Historical Society is saying goodbye to their longtime director while welcoming their new one. The Allen County Museum and Historical Society is saying goodbye to their longtime director while welcoming their new one.
The museum held a meet and greet event to welcome new director Amy Craft as well as bid farewell to retiring director Patricia Smith, who has been with the museum for the past 18 years. The museum held a meet and greet event to welcome new director Amy Craft as well as bid farewell to retiring director Patricia Smith, who has been with the museum for the past 18 years.

The Allen County Museum and Historical Society is saying goodbye to their longtime director while welcoming their new one.

The museum held a meet and greet event to welcome new director Amy Craft as well as bid farewell to retiring director Patricia Smith, who has been with the museum for the past 18 years. Under Smith, the museum has doubled their building space and moved the Shay Locomotive inside where all can see it. The museum also regained accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Smith says her time at the museum has been filled with the most exciting times of her life but she is looking forward to slowing things down.

"What I'd like to say to everybody here is thank you," says Smith. "Without all of the people in Lima and in Allen County that have supported this museum we wouldn't be here. I'm still going to do some volunteering so I'm not totally leaving the area or anything, but now I can go and visit my grand kids and maybe take some trips."

Her replacement, Craft, has 25 years in the Ohio museum field under her belt including the Massillon Museum and the Akron Art Museum. She says she is looking forward to building upon what has already been accomplished.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the community, working with the community, getting to know the collection and really just building off of the administration that Pat and her staff established," says Craft. "It's really very exciting and I am honored to be able to actually fill those shoes."

Craft comes to the museum from working as a grant administrator at the Portage County Regional Planning Commission.

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