Room to Play

Jessie Goodwin heads up the children's museum

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JESSIE GOODWIN was promoted to executive director of The Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

Goodwin had been acting executive director since last August. She joined the museum in 2019 as the education, membership, and volunteer coordinator and was promoted to director of operations in 2021.

“We interviewed outside candidates but finally realized that our top candidate was already in the job,” says the board’s president, Harriett Loweth. “Jessie has done extraordinary work in the past few months, particularly in the hiring of new professional staff. Under the direction of Jessie and her team, admissions, memberships, and profitability are at an all-time high.”

Goodwin has taught third through eighth grades; served as a teaching assistant in UNCW’s history department; worked as an archivist for Historic Robeson Inc. in Lumberton; and filled the role of weekend manager at the Bellamy Mansion.

In 2022, Goodwin documented the history of the three historic buildings that comprise the Children’s Museum on Orange Street in downtown Wilmington, resulting in a series of panels highlighting the history of the museum complex.

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