David Katz elected Trustee Chair of Canterbury Shaker Village

Bringing years of project and construction management experience and having held leadership positions on multiple municipal boards, David Katz was elected Board Chair of Canterbury Shaker Village on May 6, 2024. Katz has served as a Village Trustee since January 2022. 

David Katz

“2024 will be a pivotal year for the Village,” he said. “We are committed to funding and supporting the preservation of eight buildings most in need of attention, improvements to the visitor experience, and adding key staff members to turn the vision into reality.”

According to Katz, the Board of Trustees is working to implement a five-pillar action plan that includes collection preservation, building improvement, staff development, visitor experience enhancement, and sustaining financial support. 

“We are searching for a new executive director, a position we hope to fill by early fall,” he added. “This hiring process entails an in-depth search within the museum management space.”

In 2025, he said the Village will focus on the preservation of the 1792 Meeting House. “It is fitting to concentrate on the Village’s oldest structure as we also celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Shakers’ arrival in America,” he said.

Having served in a wide range of management positions, including construction, business development, and human resources, Katz also possesses experience in various other industries. He credited previous Chair Jean Nye with developing a fully engaged Board of Trustees. “She left me with a firm financial footing upon which to build,” he added.

About Canterbury Shaker Village

Featuring 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement, the Village is designated as a National Historic Landmark with 25 restored original Shaker buildings and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. In addition to tours, exhibits, and programs, Canterbury Shaker Village provides wonderful, relaxing, and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings

Canterbury Shaker Village is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire. For more information about The Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.