M Joan Youngken


This article points out that before there was a headquarters building or museum, before there was even a Newport Historical Society, there was a collection of artifacts and memorabilia gathered by individuals interested in the preservation of Newport County's history. These individuals were motivated to form "Cabinets" by their own curiosity in local and national history and in how that history was influenced by the natural and physical world surrounding them. Youngken has been Collections Manager and Curator at the Newport Historical Society since 1990. She brought with her over twenty years of museum and curatorial experience gained at the Adirondack Museum, the Glens Falls Queensbury (New York) Historical Society, the Peace Dale Library, and as a free-lance collections consultant.