About Us

The Christian C. Sanderson Museum is a private, non-profit enterprise located in the historic village of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum exhibits the eclectic collection of historical relics, artifacts, and memorabilia acquired by Christian Sanderson over a period of more than 75 years. The museum was founded in 1967, and is operated almost entirely by volunteers.

OUR MISSION

The Sanderson Museum interprets our Nation’s history through one man’s life and through his collection, by providing a captivating and personal museum experience in an historic 19th century home, for families, students, historians, and educators.

OUR VISION

The Sanderson Museum will be a unique small museum experience in the Brandywine Valley, by providing a personal and interactive trip through our Nation’s history, bringing ever-increasing visitation and public support.

“He has given his life to things that mean most – in understanding American history, and understanding the American purpose.”

– DR. KENNETH D. WELLS, PRESIDENT, FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE, 1963

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

FOUNDING MEMBERS (1967)

Andrew Wyeth, President
Arthur J. Beard
Dr. Frank V. Rich
William A. Hoffman
Thomas R. Thompson, Curator

CURRENT MEMBERS (2017)

OFFICERS

President (vacant)

Sanderson_Board_Gorman_xDSC1070*Hollie Gorman, Treasurer
Hollie earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida. A Certified Insurance Counselor, she is Executive Vice President of the Brown & Brown Private Client Group of Delaware, which develops customized insurance solutions for clients. Hollie has assisted other museums in determing how to apply insurance and risk management to preserving and protecting their assets. She is also an active Board member with Junior Achievement of Delaware. Hollie joined the Sanderson Museum in 2012, becoming a member of the Board of Directors.

 

DIRECTORS

Sanderson_Board_Aaron_xDSC0161*John Aaron
John earned his B.S. in Geology from Franklin & Marshall College and his Ph.D. in Geology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is retired from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), where his varied career included conducting geologic research in Antarctica, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Atlantic Continental Slope; serving as Chief Scientist leading four deep-sea oceanographic research cruises; and managing USGS scientific publishing and information dissemination activities. He also held leadership positions with the International Union of Geological Sciences, including serving as the Managing Editor of its quarterly scientific journal. John joined the Sanderson Museum in 2012 as a Museum Guide, was elected to the Board in 2012, and also manages the Museum’s web site.

Sanderson_Board_Camp_xDSC0523Dean Camp
Dean is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director of Investments for Camp Wilcox Group at Wells Fargo Advisors. Dean joined the Sanderson Museum in May of 2005 and was elected to the Board in September of 2005. In addition to serving on several nonprofit boards, he has also served as the treasurer and president of two separate condominium boards. He has a B.S. in Business with a concentration in business management.

Diane Camp
Diane began her career as a legal secretary for a law firm in Wilmington, Delaware.  After three years, she joined the Legal Department of the Du Pont Company, where  she worked for 20 years before retiring to raise two sons. Since 2011, Diane has been a volunteer at the Museum, where she has been especially effective in working with student interns. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.

Rena Cuno
Rena earned her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Widener University. She is currently a Cash and Accounting Analyst in the Treasury Department of the Campbell Soup Company, where she has been employed for 16 years. Rena joined the Sanderson Museum Board in 1999 and served as Secretary until 2006. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cuno Museum in Chadds Ford.

Sanderson_Board_Little_xDSC0168*Carol Little
Carol earned her B.S. and M.S in Art Education from Kutztown State College. She taught art for 40 years at the Charles F. Patton Middle School in Unionville, Pennsylvania. She retired from teaching in 2012. An avid reader, she is now Director of the Presidential Library at Unionville High School. Carol joined the Sanderson Museum Board of Directors in 2012.

Sanderson_Board_Moore_xDSC0515Barbara Moore
Since 1976, Barbara has been the Director of the Chadds Ford Gallery, which has proudly exhibited the work of many regional, national and international artists. The gallery specializes in Wyeth art and appraisals. Barbara has been a Sanderson Board member since 1999.

Sanderson_Board_Pisasale_xDSC0511Gene Pisasale
Gene is an avid history buff who writes historical mysteries. He started writing after working for 30 years in the energy and investment fields, first as a petroleum geologist with Exxon, later as an analyst/portfolio manager following the energy/natural resources/power industries for Wilmington Trust and PNC Bank. He holds a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geology from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Gene is an active member of several historical societies, has published five books, writes a bi-weekly column titled “Living History” for The Daily Local News, and conducts an ongoing lecture series on historical topics.

Sanderson_Board_Ulmann_xDSC0534*Charles E. Ulmann (Curator)
Chuck graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in Mathematics. He worked in various Information Services areas at Wyeth Labs. In addition to his love of local history, Chuck serves as a tour leader for various West Chester, Pennsylvania local history walks. Chuck became a Sanderson Museum volunteer in 2004 and succeeded Tom Thompson as Curator in 2006. He joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sanderson_Board_Hewes_xDSC1064*Mary Hewes
Mary graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Business Administration. She worked at MBNA for many years, most recently as First Vice President of Executive Compensation. Mary left the corporate world to spend time with her family. She joined the Sanderson Museum as Executive Director in 2010.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Sanderson_Krista_DSC4842*Krista Bolmer
Krista graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Finance. She worked at legacy MBNA and Bank of America for 12 years. More recent roles include the marketing of consumer products in the Continuous Relationship Marketing Division. While raising her children, Krista is an active member of the community. She serves on the Board of Directors and as a Committee Chairperson in two local sports programs. Krista joined the Sanderson Museum in 2014 as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

*Member, Steering Committee. The Steering Committee manages the day-to-day affairs of the Sanderson Museum.

“It has always been my conviction that the good Lord put Christian Sanderson on this earth just to make us forget all the mean and evil people we meet during one lifetime.”

 

MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS
  • John Aaron
  • Linda Banks
  • Sandy Bardell
  • Missie Bauman
  • Dean Camp
  • Diane Camp
  • Rena Cuno
  • Pat Frick
  • Chloe Gorman
  • Hollie Gorman
  • Sally Denk Hoey
  • Joanne Kinsey
  • Walt Kinsey
  • Elise Pierce
  • Carol Little
  • Donel Manke
  • Barbara Moore
  • Andy Moynihan
  • Karen Moynihan
  • Diane Peralta
  • Gene Pisasale
  • Barbara Pratt
  • Tina Shaplin
  • Charles Ulmann
  • Mary Ann Ulmann
  • Tom Walsh