In her position as Executive Director, Jennifer Martin oversees a variety of areas, including daily operations, program development, fundraising, policies and procedures, volunteer management and human resources. “My favorite thing about my job is providing the community with opportunities to experience our history in a fun and engaging way. When people are able to connect with the park, it encourages park stewardship and ensures that our story is shared for years to come”.
Martin has been an integral part of the Friends since 2013, formerly working as Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs. Prior to joining the Friends, she worked as a museum assistant at Pennsbury Manor. Martin earned her undergraduate degree in history with a minor in anthropology from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in history with a public history concentration from La Salle University.
When asked what she finds most fulfilling about her job, she said “I’m thrilled to lead a great team of people who are passionate about Washington Crossing Historic Park and the history that took place here. The park is a national treasure, and it’s my goal to increase awareness of it and provide a first-class experience for our visitors.”
In her free time, she loves volunteering and attending local community events, and enjoys visiting other museums and historic sites with her husband and children. Jennifer fell in love with history after her first trip to Howell Farm at the age of 9. “To be able to experience history hands-on not only sparked my passion for history, but also community and preservation of local stories that make our community special, which is something I hope to share with my children.”