Independence Seaport Museum Announces New President & CEO Peter Seibert

Independence Seaport Museum is excited to announce that Peter Seibert has been named its new President and CEO. He is set to succeed retiring President and CEO, John Brady, and is expected to assume his new role on February 17. Seibert previously served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West - Wyoming's largest museum. The Museum attracts 160,000 visitors annually with its unique exhibits featuring art, natural history, firearms, and Native American culture, along with a research library and extensive public programming. Seibert brings an award-winning, three-decade career from notable institutions including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the National Council for History Education, and the Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Inc.

A Pennsylvania native, Seibert grew up in Harrisburg and earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Arts in American Studies from Penn State University. Seibert has authored several books and articles including Fraternally Yours: American Fraternal Regalia of the 19th and 20th Centuries, The Arts in Lancaster and Visions in Solitude: Painters of the Susquehanna River School. He has given numerous lectures at institutions including the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and Penn State University. His dedication to history and education earned Seibert numerous distinctions that include the City of Harrisburg Distinguished Service Award, the Community Leader Museum Professional Award from the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations, and Penn State's Distinguished Alumni Award.

"[The Independence Seaport Museum] is a great institution and has both extraordinary collections and wonderful stories to share with everyone, not just the Philadelphia region but across the country and around the world," says Seibert. "Whether by exhibits, programs, and living history or through the virtual world, we will bring to life the rich and diverse history, art, and science of the waterways that surround us. My first task will be to listen and learn from our board, staff, volunteers, and the community about their ideas for the future and then work to develop plans to bring those dreams to reality."

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