Historical trust hires executive director


Ricki Levine. Courtesy Holland Historical Trust

A historical trust on the lakeshore that oversees museum properties has named a new leader with a background in arts leadership.

The Holland Historical Trust — which manages the Holland Museum, Cappon House and Settlers House — said this week it hired Ricki Levine, former managing director of the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon, as its new executive director, effective Sept. 18.

Levine replaces Janet DeYoung, who had been serving in the role on an interim basis since January after previous Executive Director Chris Shires left the organization in December.

“Mrs. Levine brings an entrepreneurial spirit of leadership, backed with the experience of a nonprofit executive with a proven track record for strategy and development,” said Andrew Baldus, board chair of the Holland Historical Trust. “We entertained over 90 qualified candidates and feel we have found the perfect fit for the success of the Holland Historical Trust.”

Levine said she believes arts and culture organizations such as the Holland Historical Trust are “vital” to community prosperity.

“We provide an enhanced quality of life for locals, making it a compelling draw for prospective residents, and cultivate tourism, all of which substantially contribute to the economic strength of the region,” Levine said.


Levine will oversee a variety of new exhibits and initiatives at the Historical Trust this year, including SparkLab, the flagship education program of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, which will be a new hands-on invention workspace where children and families can learn about and engage in the history and process of invention.


Levine has a B.A. in theater from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In her role as managing director of the Frauenthal Center, Levine was responsible for all the business operations, strategic direction and development and served as its spokesperson.

Prior to her time with the Frauenthal Center, Levine was development director at the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids and managing director at the Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck.

Community involvement

Levine is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and past board member of the regional chapter. She is also a member of the Muskegon Rotary Club, Saugatuck Douglas Historic Society and volunteers for AWARE and the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance.

Holland Historical Trust

The Holland Historical Trust manages the Holland Museum at 31 W. 10th St., Cappon House at 228 W. Ninth St. and Settlers House at 190 W. Ninth St.

More information about all three attractions can be found at hollandmuseum.org.

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