Historical society has two directors

With the departure of Leslie Nolan, who left her position as Wilton Historical Society’s director to join the Peace Corps earlier this fall, Kim Mellin and Allison Sanders have assumed the roles of co-directors at the historical society.

After learning of Nolan’s plans, the society’s executive committee decided to have co-directors to ensure a smooth transition, which Mellin and Sanders said was “especially important” because of timing — the historical society was “on the cusp” of its busiest season.

Mellin and Sanders said they were selected as co-directors because of their combined abilities and experience, as well as past project collaboration at the historical society.

The duo started their new co-director roles on Sept. 13, and said they will be serving for “the foreseeable future,” as the society is not searching for new leadership.

Kim Mellin

Before becoming co-director, Mellin served on the historical society’s board of trustees for two years and on the executive committee as vice president of programs and education for three.

“My work experience includes 20 years at the New Canaan Historical Society, where I was director of education and volunteers, and actively involved in collections, exhibits, grant writing, communications, and marketing,” said Mellin.

Before working in New Canaan, Mellin worked in New York City at an educational travel company called Travel Dynamics, as well as at Merrill Lynch.

Mellin has a bachelor’s degree in economics and art history, as well as a master’s degree in art history with an emphasis on museum studies.  

As one of Wilton Historical Society’s new directors, Mellin said, her responsibilities are focused on programs and education, including fund-raising events like the American Artisan Show and overseeing the society’s expansive collections, exhibitions and volunteers.

As co-director, Mellin said she would like to continue improving Wilton Historical Society's “already successful educational programs for children and adults,” increase membership and community involvement, and “encourage more people to volunteer at the society.”

Allison Sanders

Sanders joined the Wilton Historical Society as a marketing manager and grant writer in 2013, with more than 20 years experience in marketing communications.

Before joining the historical society, Sanders spent 25 years working in senior marketing communications positions in the book publishing business and served as account services vice president at New York City advertising agency Ziccardi & Partners.

She also consulted for a number of organizations, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield and the Foundation Center in New York City.

In addition to working at Wilton Historical Society, Sanders serves as chair of Wilton’s Historic District and Historic Properties Commission and vice president of the Wilton Garden Club.

Since becoming co-director, Sanders said, her responsibility of overseeing “all marketing communications” at the historical society has expanded to include “preservation, buildings and grounds, and working with Kim on exhibitions, membership and development.”

Sanders said she looks forward to expanding the society’s connections and “stewardship of Wilton’s tangible history” with the community in “meaningful ways.”

Wilton Historical Society information: wiltonhistorical.org.