Leaders

Arthur B. Carr, Director 1926–1942

Arthur B. Carr, first director of The Children’s Museum, served from 1926–1942. Making the leap from pharmacist to museum director might seem unusual, but for Arthur B. Carr (1872–1956) it was an extension of his lifelong interest in archaeology and...

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Grace Golden, Director 1942–1964

Early Years Grace Golden, the second director of The Children’s Museum, served from 1942–1964. Born Grace Blaisdell (1899–1966) to a middle-class Indianapolis family, the future Children’s Museum director grew up in a household where education and culture were appreciated. Her...

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Mildred Compton, Director 1964–1982

Academic Training Mildred Compton (1917–1993) set out to be a scientist and only by happenstance became a museum director. The daughter of a Bicknell, Indiana banker and his wife, Mildred graduated from the University of Michigan in 1938 with a...

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Peter Sterling, Director, 1982–1999

Education and professional background Peter Sterling came to The Children’s Museum after serving as the director of the USS Constitution Foundation in Boston and as the head of education and group visitation programs for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg,...

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