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Delaware Humanities Council introduces New Executive Director Michele Anstine

June 18, 2018

Michele Anstine, most recently the Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer for the Delaware Historical Society, brings twenty years of experience working in the humanities in Delaware.  While at the George Read II House & Gardens, she held various leadership roles, raising nearly $2 million in funds to preserve and enhance one of the premiere Federalist homes and museum collections in the United States.  She was a critical part of the successful campaign to designate the property as a National Historic Landmark. A native of southern Kent County, Ms. Anstine holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware.

“I look forward to working with the talented staff and board of trustees of Delaware Humanities to build on a foundation of strong programming and expand grant resources to organizations throughout Delaware that provide humanities-based experiences,” says Ms. Anstine.

Ms. Anstine serves on the boards of The Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places and the Delaware Museum Association.  She also served as co-editor of a volume of articles from humanities scholars focused on the Read House & Gardens, which will be published this fall on a digital platform

“Michele’s proven record of development, programming, and management make her an excellent choice for us,” stated Humanities Council Board Chair Matthew Kinservik. “We hear a lot about how the humanities are in jeopardy, but Delaware Humanities enriches lives in our state through programming and grant funding, and Michele’s talent and vision will continue to raise our contribution at a time when it is most needed.