LACONIA — Although Brenda Kean has left her position as executive director of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society to become director of resident life at the Taylor Community, she said yesterday that “I have had a hard time stepping away from the history thing.”
Kean will remain a member of the board of directors of the society and perhaps more significantly has joined the Planning Committee convened by the Belknap Economic Council to oversee the renovation ad restoration of the Colonial Theatre. She explained that the committee has engaged a professional historical conservation consultant, but that she is particularly interested in the restoration of drape at the theater.
As executive director of the Laconia historical and Museum Society, Kean managed the restoration of the grand drapes from both the Moulton Opera House and Lakeport Opera House. She secured a grant from the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and worked with Christine Hadsel of Curtains Without Borders of Burlington, Vermont, who has restored more than 250 painted drapes. Kean expects the restoration of the drape at the Colonial Theatre to be an especially rewarding project.
Meanwhile, Kean said that she is looking forward to “a new adventure” with the Taylor Community. She recalled that she began work in mortgage banking and transitioned to retail banking before leaving the industry as vice president of banking services at Franklin Savings Bank.
On the brink of a new career, she said “I seem to have been in the right place at the time,” adding that with each change she “looks at people with a different set of eyes.”
“When my children talked to me about what they wanted to be when they grew up,” Kean said, “I told them I didn’t know what I would be when I grew up.”
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