Trenton Museum Society

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Trenton Museum Society

Founded in 1973, the Trenton Museum Society oversees the only museum devoted to New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton. The Museum Society is a 501(c)3 non­profit corporation that holds in trust, maintains and seeks to display and increase public access to its large and important collection of historical objects, works of art, books and other documents pertaining to the industrial, cultural, political and civic history of Trenton, from its founding up to the present. Under an agreement with the City of Trenton, the Museum Society collection is housed in the grand Ellarslie Mansion located on the grounds of Trenton’s historic Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park. Ellarslie Mansion, also called the Trenton City Museum, is open to the public, which can view selections from the museum society’s peerless collection, including ceramics created by Trenton’s famous 19th and 20th Century pottery industry, historical  and cultural artifacts and work by the region’s roster of accomplished artists.

In recent years, the Trenton Museum Society has become very active in supporting and showcasing the work of contemporary visual artists and musicians from the greater Trenton area, as well as actively using its collections and resources as an educational tool to foster an understanding of Trenton history and instill an interest in the creative arts among students at Trenton’s schools.

The ongoing programs and current collection of the Trenton Museum Society are managed by a voluntary board of trustees-a group of  committed individuals from the Trenton area with professional backgrounds spanning the worlds of business and the arts, as well as both the public and private sectors, whose mission is also to secure outside funding in order to conserve and augment Museum Society holdings and increase public knowledge of, access to and interest in them.

Board of Trustees


President – Joan Perkes
Vice President – Diane Ciccone
Treasurer – Chuck Lorimer
Recording Secretary – Karl Flesch
Corresponding Secretary – Jane Malloy

Jean Bickal
David Chiacchio
Jennifer Rubin Garey
Carol Hill
Susan Hogan
Joyce Inderbitzin
Deniece Jackson
Jack Koeppel
Linda Mihok
Carolyn Stetson

Assistant to the Board
Sally Baxter

Guest Relations
James Strobel

Trenton City Museum


Mission:  Through its exhibits, collections, educational programs and community activities, the Trenton City Museum preserves and promotes the diverse history, art, and culture of Trenton and the greater Trenton area for the benefit of Trenton residents and visitors.

Vision:  The Trenton City Museum is a model museum working to keep the arts, culture, and history of the community alive and relevant and, as a result, helps redefine the perception of the city of Trenton.

We will attain our vision by being financially sustainable, effectively governed, diverse and collaborative.

Revised February 2017


In support of its mission and vision, the Trenton Museum Society is a proud member of the following organizations:

The American Alliance of Museums

The League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

MID Jersey Chamber of Commerce

Potteries of Trenton Society

The Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places

Trenton Museum Society

Board of Trustees

David C. Chiacchio has been CFSP Funeral Director and Manager of The Chiacchio Southview Funeral Home for more than 35 years. David graduated first in his class from the MCCC Mortuary Science program and is licensed in NJ and PA. He is former President of the Mercer County Funeral Directors Association, former president of the Enrico Fermi Federation, a Select Designated National Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, a former volunteer for the American Red Cross and a former treasurer of the Trenton Museum Society. He has served on the board of the South Broad Street Civic Association aka the Arena Improvement District South in Trenton, NJ and is a current member of the Knights of Columbus #355, the Italian-American Hall of Fame. and many other area organizations fraternal and religious.

Vice President Diane Ciccone, is finishing up her seventh year on the board. She holds a BA in political science from Colgate University and a JD from Hofstra School of Law and is a practicing attorney in New York City, an Administrative Law Judge, arbitrator and certified mediator. Diane has always been active in her community: Her current involvement includes the board of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and the West Windsor Farmers Market. She is also member of the Council of Governing Boards of New York and Council of Independent Colleges and Universities in New York. Some of her prior board affiliations include, Princeton Community TV, West Windsor Arts Council, Colgate University Board of Trustees, Environmental Commission of West Windsor, the African American Parent Support Group of West Windsor, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Trenton and NJ Orators. In New York City, she was a board member of Bed-Sty Legal Services, the Urban League and Marcus Garvey Nursing Home. She was an elected official on the West Windsor Township Council from 2009-2011. She is a documentary filmmaker, author and TV producer. Her documentary film “Act of Faith” has won numerous awards. Her Alma Mater Colgate University recently dedicated and named three residential commons in her name.

She has curated several shows during her tenure on board. Her most recent exhibition was the 40 for 40. She has worked to include works from young artists, African American, African and preeminent African American artists.

Recording Secretary, Karl Flesch graduated from Villanova University with a degree in math. He retired from the State of NJ as an IT manager.  He currently works as a part time medical office manager for a practice in the Penn Health Princeton Medicine system. His interests lie in Trenton History and art.  When he retired he wanted to help promote Trenton by mainly joining the boards of the Trenton City Museum and Trenton Historical Society. At the museum he recently  curated exhibits on Cadwalader Park and Trenton Olympians.  He has co curated other historical exhibits,  including two on Trenton Central High School, which holds a special interest to him. For the historical society, he is the creator of their annual Trenton Calendar, a fundraiser for the society. An avid photographer, he was selected to exhibit a photo in Penn Medicine’s juried show, Celebration of Art and Life 2018.

Carol V. Hill has been a trustee at the Trenton Museum Society for 16+ years and has served on various committees including store chair, PR, garden, exhibits committee (chair), started the annual Holiday Boutique and has been on numerous other committees. A graduate of The College of New Jersey (then Trenton State College) with a BS in art education, she taught at South Hunterdon Regional High School and Mercer County Special Services. She also attended Pratt Institute and Trenton Junior College, later formed Studio Associates Advertising Agency, and retired from Trenton Printing in 2011. She has been a trustee at the Ewing Township Historical Society for many years.

Corresponding Secretary Jane Malloy is a Trenton native and is happy to still reside in the capital.  She is a graduate of New York University and currently works in New York City as a Foreign Affairs Analyst.  Jane has been a volunteer with “Big Brothers/ Big Sisters” and currently works with “Trenton Reads” a community- based organization that meets weekly to encourage and support reading activities for children in grades K-8.  Jane has also been an active volunteer with “Exercise, Eat Always Together (EEAT, Inc.)” a community-based organization that addresses obesity and overweight in children and adolescents.

Linda Stewart Mihok graduated from The College of NJ (then Trenton State College) with a BS in Early Childhood / Elementary Education. She worked in the Hamilton Township School District for 35 years serving as a Kindergarten, 2nd grade and Elementary Basic Skills teacher. In addition to her teaching duties, she served as a Professional Development Workshop Presenter, Technology Coach, Standardized Testing Coordinator, Data Collection Coach, Character Education Facilitator, State CAPA Initiative Representative, Coordinator of the SES After School Tutoring Program, and Trainer for numerous reading and math programs. She developed and presented Parent Involvement Programs including “Family Tools and Technology and wrote and directed a commercial for the local (HTV) Hamilton TV channel to promote their Summer Reading Program. She served in various positions for the HTEA and PTA Executive Boards. In addition, she was honored with Kuser School’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2003. She fondly remembers family time in Cadwalader Park and watching her father and uncles compete for the Trenton Lawn Bowling Club on the park’s greens. She retired in 2013 and is enjoying travel and life with her husband Ken, whose childhood was spent in Cadwalader Park.” She is currently on the Store, Events, Volunteer and Gardening Committees and created a PowerPoint presentation for the museum entitled “Cadwalader Park – An Olmsted Vision.”

President, Joan Perkes received a BA from Temple University and spent time studying in Rome, Italy. Her first gallery opened in 1969 in Philadelphia with a satellite gallery in New Hope, PA. Now a private dealer, she has had experience in most aspects of the business of art. Locally, in 2011, she was selected by Herman Silverman, to guide his new art venture, the Silverman Gallery in Buckingham, Pa. She founded, along with Joanne Katsiff and AnnMarie Torres, The Community School of New Hope-Solebury. It continues today as a part of BCCC.

Carolyn P. Stetson attended Vassar College and graduated from Boston University with degrees in Sociology and English Education. After retiring in 2000 from the West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools where she taught English Language Arts for 28 years, she took on volunteering for Trenton cultural institutions as a full time job. She is currently serving in her tenth term as trustee of the Trenton Museum Society and has served as board president four times. She currently serves as President of the Board of the Trent House Association. She has also served as an officer of her civic association and on the board of Artworks. She was a founding member of Trenton Peace Action, CityArts, and the Trenton Cultural Resource Network and continues to serve as a steering committee member of TCRN. Among the awards and accolades Carolyn has received, she is most proud of having been awarded Citizen of the Year by the Trenton Council of Civic Associations.