Museum Staff

Enfield Shaker Museum is served by an energetic and talented staff that is committed to bringing Enfield Shaker history alive for families, students of all ages, and visitors from around the world.

Carolyn A. Smith, Acting Director

Appointed Acting Director in September 2022, Carolyn Smith was the founding director of Enfield Shaker Museum (then known as the Museum at Lower Shaker Village) in 1986. She joined the furniture manufacturer Shaker Workshops in 1994 and retired in 2019. Carolyn has been a board member and volunteer at Enfield Shaker Museum for many years. She received her B.S. in Textiles from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Westchester (PA) State University.

Bookkeeper – Position Available
More information coming soon.

Michael J. O’Connor, Curator

Michael O’Connor has been associated with Enfield Shaker Museum since 1991. He has served as a demonstrating craftsperson as a cooper, interpreter, education and facilities manager, assistant director, and interim director on three different occasions. His current focus is cataloging the Museum’s growing collection of Enfield Shaker artifacts. Before coming to Enfield Shaker Museum, Michael was on the staff at Old Sturbridge Village. He is a graduate of the the University of Vermont.

Education Coordinator – Position Available
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Susan S. Quinlan, Garden Coordinator

Susan is a retired registered nurse who has been creating and caring for gardens for forty-nine years. She is a self-taught and dedicated organic gardener living in Canaan, NH. Susan grows flowers, herbs, vegetables, perennials, and shrubs on a northern slope. She creates wreaths for all seasons and teaches hands-on workshops in wildcrafting. Her passion is to create connections between people and plants.

Jess Wyman, Historic Housekeeper

Jess Wyman began work at the Museum in June 2022 and transitioned to lead Historic Housekeeper in October 2022. She is a 2008 graduate of Mascoma Valley Regional High School and has worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years. Jess lives in nearby Canaan, NH with her son Parker.

Lisa Rinella, Hospitality Coordinator

Lisa Rinella came to Enfield Shaker Museum in August 2022. A native of Enfield, she was graduated from New Hampton School and received her B.S. in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including catering and event planning, as well as social media and digital marketing. In 2023, Lisa received a certificate as a Professional Wedding Planner from the University Of New Hampshire.