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Natalie Stetson
Executive Director
Erie Canal Museum

Region: Central NY

Committee(s): Co-Chair Program, Audit/Finance, Fundraising/Membership

Natalie Stetson is the executive director of the Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse, NY. She was previously the director of development at the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY, and the Erie Canal Museum. She has spent much of her career thinking about and finding ways to engage new audiences at history museums and connect museums to their community. Although not native to Central New York, she now calls it home and is energized by the revitalization of communities like Syracuse.


Natalie received a BA at the Honors College of Florida Atlantic University with concentrations in American Studies and Literature. She later attended Syracuse University to receive an MA in Museum Studies. Natalie grew up in museums and, in fact, followed in  the footsteps of her father, who received is MFA in Museum Studies (then called Museology) from Syracuse University 30 years before she attended.


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