History museum welcomes new board members

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Staff photo by Emmy Errante 

Susan Creasy is one of three new board members at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History has selected three new board members who will be welcomed at its first meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The new board members include Michael Kingoff, Blayne Joyner and Susan Creasy.

As the lone female of the three newly appointed members, Creasy is among 11 people serving on the board that her husband, Mayor David Cignotti, also served on in the past. 

Madeline Flagler, director of the museum said on Tuesday, Feb. 5, that when she looks at potential candidates, she considers the current profile of the board to see what demographic is missing representation. She said Creasy brings an educator’s perspective back to the board, as well as an active background within the community and other nonprofits. 

“It’s really her family history, her education and activity level in the community that she was chosen,” Flagler said. “[And] it’s great to have an educator back on the board.”

Creasy is a retired educator who still substitute teaches and actively volunteers with the Adopt an Angel program. She also grew up in the Wrightsville Beach area and said on Tuesday that her interests in local history and the museum come from her parents, Bill and Elaine Creasy, who played an intricate role in getting the museum up and running years ago.

“When they first moved the [museum] house over there, my dad helped out with that … and they got a lot of pictures that they displayed from him,” she said. “Including a wedding picture of [him and my mother] that was hanging in the house.”

While Creasy said she doesn’t quite know what to expect with her new role at the museum she is looking forward to getting started later this month.

“I’m planning to go and be a good listener and see where they’re headed,” she said. “I hope I can be of help to the board and help the museum accomplish their goals.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the other people on the board and working on the projects that they do,” she said. “But mostly continuing to preserve the history of Wrightsville Beach because it’s so closely interwoven with my family’s history.”

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is free to the public and open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from noon - 5 p.m.; and Sunday from
1- 5 p.m.

For more information about the museum, upcoming events or to become involved, visit www.wbmuseum.com

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