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Executive Director

A Findlay, Ohio native, Sarah holds a BFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design and a master’s degree in Community Planning from Auburn University. She worked in the preservation planning field prior to joining the museum’s staff in 2012. She was the 2018 Ohio Museum Association’s Emerging Professional of the Year, and one of 2019’s “20 Under 40” in Northwest Ohio. Sarah lives in a historic home in Findlay’s south end with her husband and their three children. 


Special Events & Communications Coordinator

Hancock County born and raised, Lauren received her bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Findlay. Lauren began her career at the Hancock Historical Museum in 2016 and is responsible for creating the museum's marketing materials, assists in planning events and manages facility rentals. Lauren lives in a historic, rural Jenera farmhouse with her husband and daughter.

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Curator & Archivist

Joy received her Bachelor's degree in history at Defiance College in 2006 before acquiring Master’s Degrees in History and Public History at Bowling Green State University. Her thesis was a comparative study of the film industries of the United States and Nazi Germany during World War II. She began her career at The Hancock Historical Museum as an Intern in 2009 and officially joined the staff as Archivist in September of 2012, becoming full time Curator and Archivist in 2013. She loves Classic movies, books, and food. 


Education Coordinator

Deb has been an educator for 47 years. She taught in Findlay City Schools for 36 years and has been the Educational Coordinator for 11 years at the Hancock Historical Museum. Deb is an alumna of Bowling Green State University and the University of Findlay. Reading, Cleveland sports and spending time with her family, especially her grandsons are her favorite her favorite things to do. Deb lives in Findlay with her husband Vaun.



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