Staff & Committee

The staff of the Haliburton Highlands Museum consists of the Director and the Curator, as well as a Museum Assistant during the summer months.

Our Director, Kate Butler, joined the museum staff in 2013 after working in a variety of positions in the heritage sector, including the National Museum of Ireland, the Heritage Division of Oifig na nOibreacha Poiblí and City of Toronto Museums. She has studied at the University of Toronto, University College Dublin and Memorial University of Newfoundland. A folklorist by training, Kate has conducted fieldwork throughout North America, Europe, the Caribbean and in North Africa.

Our Curator, Steve Hill, joined the museum staff in 1984 and holds a diploma from the museum studies program at Algonquin College. He has previously worked at the Canadian War Museum and the Moore Museum.

Our Museum Assistant for 2019 is Hannah Sadlier. Hannah moved to Haliburton in 2018 to attend the Haliburton School of Art and Design. Her photography work has already been featured in the local media. In her other life, Hannah is one of the founders and directors of Camexicanus.

The Glebe Park and Museum Committee, an advisory committee comprised of local stakeholders, serves a term concurrent with the four year term of Dysart el al.’s Council. The current committee is comprised of the following members:

Chairperson – Councillor Nancy Wood-Roberts

Councillor Tammy Donaldson

Jim Blake

Mike Darlington

Thom Lambert

Tom Nicholson

Shelley Schell

Joan Willhelm

Tim Hagarty

Museum Director Kate Butler

Director of Parks and Recreation Andrew Wilbee

In addition, many volunteers devote time to the museum over the course of the year, carrying out a variety of tasks ranging from assisting with events and fundraisers to gardening and maintenance projects around our historic buildings. We are extremely lucky to have such an enthusiastic and dedicated team – we look forward to welcoming you to the museum soon!

Please contact the Haliburton Highlands Museum at 705-457-2760 or info@haliburtonhighlandsmuseum.com if you are interested in volunteering.