The following letter to the community was released on Aug. 21, 2012, from Peggy Frank, President & CEO of the Naperville Heritage Society and Naper Settlement, as she announced her retirement from Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum after 33 years of leadership.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement effective in January 2013. A heavy heart because you and Naper Settlement have been such an important and integral part of my life for the past 33 years, and yet I find myself very excited to consider the path ahead.
When I moved here in 1979 to start working with the Naperville Heritage Society, I never guessed I’d find such a warm welcome, rewarding yet challenging opportunities, and most of all a home and mission that allowed me to grow personally and professionally. But find that I did.
And now it’s time for me to start another journey, to explore new opportunities, new directions, and especially time for my family. None of this would be possible without the partnership I have enjoyed over the years with a great staff, dedicated volunteers, committed boards of directors, loyal supporters, the City of Naperville, and the community at large.
Together, we have accomplished a lot over the years – starting with restoring boarded up buildings, and now enjoying our beautiful grounds and new roadways while thousands of people engage in old fashioned fun, puts the years of work into perspective. However, there is much more ahead. And with that in mind, I feel it is the right time to let a new leader take over the helm. We have chartered a strong and ambitious vision for Naper Settlement to become even more integral to the success and vitality of Naperville. As a community, we are already looking ahead to our town’s bicentennial in 2031.
Preserving our town’s architectural landmarks and vistas, our residents’ personal stories and treasured artifacts, and sharing the experiences of the past to help understand our future, are strongly embedded into the character of our town. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to partner with you to work towards this mission. I look forward to continuing my association as President Emeritus. The future for the Heritage Society and Naper Settlement is exciting. I know I can count on you to keep it viable and successful.
With much appreciation,
Margaret L. “Peggy” Frank
President & CEO
Editor’s Note: Naper Settlement is among PN’s favorite places to visit and learn in Naperville. Peggy Frank’s dedication and leadership for more than 33 years will be a celebrated part of the museum’s history.