Consultants

Edward W. Gordon, Museum Director

Director of Museum Programs and Site Administrator of the Old Schwamb Mill, Edward Gordon has been president of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America since 1991 and served as executive director of the Gibson House Museum from 1990 to 2001. Mr. Gordon has worked as an historic preservation consultant, preparing nominations of buildings and districts to the National Register of Historic Places. He is well-known as a Boston area guide, and leads tours of historic areas and places. He is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the South End historical Society, and the Greater Boston Tour Guide Association.  Mr. Gordon is a past recipient of the John F. Ayer Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Massachusetts history by the Bay State Historical League.

Lynette Aznavourian Bennett, Museum Assistant/Publicist  

A lifelong resident of Arlington, Ms. Bennett is primarily responsible for the public relations efforts of the Old Schwamb Mill as well as for performing a variety of administrative tasks. A graduate of Tufts University with a double major in English and psychology, she also holds a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University.  Her career has focused on managing communications, editorial, and public relations programs for local and national nonprofit institutions, including the Archaeological Institute of America, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and Arlington Center for the Arts.

David W. Graf, Frame Artisan & Wood Turner

Based in Kittery Point, Maine, David has been created beautiful hand-turned oval frames using a variety of wood species for more than 25 years. He also specializes in tower clock maintenance and repair and has worked on clocks nationwide.

Melissa Carr, Frame Artisan Apprentice

Melissa is the owner of Masterwork Conservation, which works with major museums and other clients to restore furniture, Asian laqure and sculpture. She is working one-on-one with David Graf to learn the art of making Schwamb frames.