Friday, January 31, 2014
The Summerville Dorchester Museum is in search of a new curator due to the recent resignation of Chris Ohm.
According to Dr. Ed West, president of the museum board of directors, Ohm submitted a letter to the board in late November notifying it of his decision to leave.
West said the letter included reasons why Ohm resigned; he declined to provide specifics and said that he “got the impression that it was a private thing for him to do.”
West did say the resignation was unexpected.
“He was a very devoted curator at the museum and got a lot accomplished,” West said. “He helped put the museum on the map with bringing the Best Friend of Charleston train to Summerville.”
In his absence, the organization is using volunteers to “cover the museum” until a new curator is hired, volunteer Vivian Rose said.
“We are certainly in the market [for a new curator] right now,” said West.
He mentioned the membership will be meeting in a few weeks to hold elections for a new board of directors, at which point the new board will be able to move forward with finding a replacement for Ohm.
During his tenure with the musuem, Ohm’s major accomplishments included organizing the Best Friend of Charleston locomotive visit and restoring the old pump room in the museum.
“We are very sorry. Chris was a really good curator and historian, he knew the history of Summerville well,” said Rose. “He will be missed.”
Ohm did not return the Journal Scene’s calls for comment.