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CEO of US Public Television to Chair Strawbery Banke Board of Directors


Executives at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, announced on Wednesday that Cynthia Fenneman had been unanimously elected chair of their board of directors.

Fenneman is the CEO of American Public Television, which is the oldest distributor of public television programming and is based in Boston.

According to their website, the APT predated the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) by eight years and was incorporated in 1961 as the Eastern Educational Television Network.

They provided the first interstate interconnection of public television and were the first to distribute public television staples like “The French Chef”, hosted by iconic Julia Child, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Washington Week in Review.

APT introduced Monty Python’s Flying Circus to the American public in 1974, according to their website.

In his new role, Fenneman will help support the organization’s mission of preserving the historic site.

Fenneman has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010 and most recently served as Chairman of the Museum’s National Council, an advisory body to Strawbery Banke.

It was also announced that five new members have joined the board. They will serve for three years:

  • JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Board Member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Member of the Editorial Board of the Seacoast Media Group, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the United States Civil Rights Commission NH.

  • Christopher Erikson, Principal Broker and Owner of The Aland Realty Group, and Chartered Lawyer in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Washington DC and Florida.

  • Jeffrey D. Gilbert, Co-Founder of a Mall Development Company, Former NH State Representative, Chairman of the State Park System Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of The Housing Partnership, Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Hampshire PBS, formerly New Hampshire Public Television, and member of the National Board of Directors of US public television stations.

  • Joanna Kelly, owner of Cup of Joe Cafe and Bar, member of the board of directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters New Hampshire and member of the board of directors of the Seacoast African American Cultural Center.

To learn more about the Strawbery Banke Museum Board of Trustees, visit StrawberyBanke.org

Contact editor-in-chief Kimberley Haas at [email protected]

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