Presidents of the Trenton Museum Society
Arthur V. Colletti
Eleanor Wyrough (Matthiesen)
Trenton Museum Society Honorees
Rosalie Dietz, the first President of the Trenton City Museum Commission, provided essential advocacy and encouragement to Mayor Arthur J. Holland to establish an art and history museum in Cadwalader Park’s historic Ellarslie Mansion.
David Goldberg was a scholar, historian, and author whose publications on Trenton’s pottery industry have served as illuminating and lasting resources for industrial ceramic historians and enthusiasts alike.
Carol Hill shares her expertise, wisdom, guidance, and inspiration across virtually every aspect of Trenton Museum Society’s programming, from curated exhibitions to community engagement to administrative matters.
Betty Holland, First Lady to the late Honorable Arthur J. Holland, Mayor of Trenton and namesake of the museum’s Holland Gallery, was a major supporter of the Trenton Museum Society and Trenton City Museum in their earliest years, and she remains so today.
Molly Merlino was instrumental in establishing the popular gift shop whose revenues help support museum programming and whose name, Molly’s Museum Store, honors her memory. She was the wife of New Jersey State Senator Joseph Merlino.
James Seibert, a member of the Trenton City Museum Commission, made a major donation of Trenton fine art and artifacts that formed the foundation of the permanent collection of the Trenton Museum Society.
Brenda Springsted combined her training as an archeologist with her knowledge of Trenton history and Trenton potteries and financial generosity to support the Trenton Museum Society and the Trenton City Museum.
Carolyn Stetson established lasting collaborations with fellow Trenton area cultural organizations. By building on the fine art and Trenton history focus of Trenton City Museum, she was instrumental in its expansion over the years into a cultural center of the greater Trenton region.
Mary Yess originated the idea of and coordinated the first Ellarslie Open in 1982, which just celebrated its 40th year as a premier annual juried exhibition of works by artists from the region and beyond.