LONGMONT — The Longmont Museum has named long-time curator of history Erik Mason as its new director.
According to a press statement, Mason has been with the museum for 27 years and is recognized as the voice of history for the community. He holds a masters in history museum studies from the Cooperstown graduate program of the State University of New York at Oneonta, and in 2020 he wrote a comprehensive book about the history of the region titled, “Longmont: The First 150 Years.”
“I have been a part of the museum as it has grown from a small, converted warehouse to the beautiful 30,000 square foot facility we enjoy now,” said Mason in a written statement. “It is such an honor to now take on this new role as the director as we plan for an exciting expansion.”
The museum has announced an $8 million capital campaign, kicking off with a groundbreaking on Sept. 15. The campaign will fund an expansion, including a renovation of the outdoor courtyard, adding a dedicated children’s gallery, and doubling the size of the existing gallery space, among other enhancements.
Mason began in his new role Monday.
The museum’s previous director, Kim Manajek, left at the end of March after accepting a position at the The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins.