Our Team


Erin Richardson

Founder and Principal

Erin has been working in museums since 1992. She’s witty, fun, smart, ethical, and deadly serious about museum collections as educational and cultural assets with high opportunity costs. It is not free to keep an artifact, artwork, manuscript, or publication forever. She challenges museums and libraries to think carefully about investing resources in collections that are relevant for, and representative of, their current and future audiences so that they may support the museum’s mission. 




2018 PhD | Leadership and Policy — Niagara University

2001 MA | Museum Studies — Cooperstown Graduate Program

1999 BA | American Studies — State University of New York at Geneseo


Service to the museum field

American Association for State and Local History Professional Standards and Ethics Committee, 2018-present

American Association for State and Local History Collection Management Systems Task-Force, 2018-present

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant peer-reviewer, 2012-present

American Alliance of Museums Peer-reviewer, Collections MAP and Accreditation

Museum Association of New York Vice President, 2011-2015

Museumwise Secretary, 2006-2011 (This organization consolidated with the Museum Association of New York in 2011)

Previous Museum Workplaces

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum Director of Museum and Library Collections 2011-2018

The Farmers' Museum Curator 2007-2011

Cooperstown Graduate Program Adjunct Faculty in Museum Collections,  2007-2018

Stepping Stones Foundation Curator,  2007

Historic Cherry Hill Curator, 2001-2007

Old Fort Niagara Interpreter, 1992-1999


Significant Projects

Plowline: Images of Rural New York Founding Curator

New York History Day Five years of program oversight, grant applications, and reporting

Historic Cherry Hill's Edward Frisbee Center for Collections and Research Space planning, collection relocation