Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

Maritime museum head resigns

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Philadelphia Business Journal
By Peter Van Allen
April 03, 2006


The president of the Independence Seaport Museum resigned, the Philadelphia maritime-history museum said. John Carter, who had been president for 17 years, resigned effective March 30. The museum's board of port wardens announced the resignation Saturday.

Carter came to Philadelphia in 1989 after serving as director of the Maine Maritime Museum.

"John has advised the board that he does not intend to stay for the duration of the next stage in the growth and development," said Chairman Peter McCausland. "Therefore, the board has decided to begin a search for the new president."

Karen Cronin, vice president of operations, will serve as acting president.

Independence Seaport Museum was founded in 1960 in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood. In July 1995, at the urging of then-Mayor Ed Rendell, the museum moved to the Port of History Building on Penn's Landing, on the city's Delaware River waterfront. The move cost $15 million.

At that time, the museum also took responsibility for the USS Olympia, a Navy cruiser, and USS Becuna, a submarine, both of which are National Historic Landmarks and are moored on Penn's Landing, adjacent to the museum.

In July 1998, the museum completed a $3 million renovation that increased gallery and exhibition space, as well as space for facility rentals and catering.

The museum's move to Penn's Landing was to have been combined with other attractions, including the Please Touch Museum, a children's museum. That plan fizzled along with a $300 million entertainment-retail complex, which was to have been privately developed with various public tax-and-financing incentives.

The museum averages 103,000 visitors a year.


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