by Michael Burch
Since the start of the New Year in January the Please Touch Museum seems to be off to a good start. The scaffolding is off of the dome of the 140 year old building, they have received major pledges totaling in the millions of dollars. Please Touch now has a new CEO in place, Patricia Wellenbach. Add to all that, the City of Philadelphia has agreed to give the museum a grant of $550,000 to go toward operating expenses.
Things are certainly looking up since last September 11th when Please Touch Museum filed for Bankruptcy protection. Though things seem to be getting on track, for our, Museum in the Park, there have been some losses.
One of those losses has been long time museum employee & and Parkside community advocate, Leslie Walker. A position she has held in one form or another for seven years now.
In many ways Leslie had become the face of the Please Touch Museum at many local community programs and events. Her presence will be missed but not forgotten. We hope that whatever role she takes after this one, she will continue to advocate for our community.