The Journey Museum Board of Directors has announced Janna Norby as its new Executive Director replacing Raymond Summers, Executive Director, who will be retiring on May 1, 2013.
"We are pleased to announce this appointment," said Board of Directors President Donna Fisher. "Janna's youth and energy will help us build new connections with our local audience and visitors to Rapid City. Ms. Norby brings a passion for museums which she believes connects the past and present for people of all ages"
Norby has museum management experience with the National Park Service, the Montana Heritage Commission, and the Mai Wah Society and Museum. She received a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and History from the University of Wisconsin. Her master's degree in American History and Museum Studies is from the University of North Carolina where she was Rebecca Wright Chambers Scholar.
Norby and her husband, Tom, have two children. She will begin her duties at The Journey Museum on or before June 1.
Raymond Summers has led The Journey Museum for the past eleven years. During his tenure, the museum has expanded its children's and family's activities, initiated South Dakota's only space program for K-12 students, received major funding grants for administrative development, strategic planning and space observation and study.
Summers will be honored for his contributions at a retirement reception on April 18 at the museum.
A public reception and series of welcoming events will be planned for Ms. Norby in early June.
The Journey Museum is an interactive venue for learning about the people, heritage, land and culture of the Black Hills. For more information, visit the museum's web site at www.journeymuseum.org or call 605-394-6923.