Sarah Taggart – Executive Director
Sarah joined HSP in the the summer of 2022. She oversees all of HSP’s operations. Sarah is our primary advocate, fundraiser, and spokesperson – providing inspiring leadership and vision to advance HSP’s mission. Sarah, a native New Jerseyan, comes to HSP from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, where she served in various positions – including Curator and Executive Director – over the past twelve years. With degrees from Mercyhurst University, The University of the Arts, Rutgers University, and Cornell University, she has brought her passion for history to museums and cultural organizations across the Philadelphia region.
Leanne Hunter – Private Events Manager
Leanne joined the HSP staff in February 2018. She administers the private event rentals program at the Farmstead, including weddings, birthday parties, corporate, and non-profit events. Leanne also assists with HSP’s fundraising events and other programs. Leanne moved from Toronto to Princeton in 2003 with her family, where she has been active in the community volunteering for many non-profits, and auditing classes at Princeton University. Prior to working at HSP, Leanne held roles as Communications Manager at the Watershed Institute and Awards Coordinator at Princeton University Press. Before moving to Princeton, Leanne was a Broadcast Sales Representative for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). Leanne received her Advertising and Marketing Communications Diploma at Centennial College in Toronto.
Eve Mandel – Director of Programs and Visitor Services
Eve has been charged with developing and expanding HSP’s programs and partnerships, as well as providing a fun and educational visitor experience, since May 2011. She manages the Visitor Services operation at Updike Farmstead, overseeing our Admissions Associates and a very active volunteer corps of Walking Tour Guides. She develops curriculum and teaches a wide range of education programming for schools throughout central New Jersey; in addition, she plans and teaches a menu of programs for adults and the general public at our site and in the community. Eve is also responsible for HSP’s community relations, managing all press, social media and public relations, as well as building collaborations with other non-profits and service organizations. Eve earned her BA at American University and her Certification for Teaching at the College of Saint Elizabeth; prior to joining HSP’s staff, she held positions at the Morris Museum and National Constitution Center.
Stephanie Schwartz – Curator of Collections and Research
Stephanie joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as Research Assistant and Admissions Associate. As Curator, Stephanie now oversees all collections management operations at HSP, including maintaining the catalogue and online database, supervising the care and conservation of the collection, and fielding acquisitions in line with HSP’s collecting priorities. Stephanie works with the Executive Director to develop museum and travelling exhibitions, and continues to manage HSP’s research services and assist with educational programming. Stephanie earned her BA in History and a certificate in Museum Studies at Connecticut College. She received her MS in Archives Management from Simmons College. Stephanie has also worked at HBO, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New Jersey State Archives, and the Mercer County Library System.
Kristen Lombardo – Manager of Operations
Kristen joined the staff of HSP in 2014. She brings 10 years of financial and organizational logistics experience from her work with a large defense contractor in the area. Kristen is responsible for managing the donor, financial and collections databases, overseeing website content, and managing the office. She administers the membership and annual fund drives, and assists with event and grant preparation. Kristen has an MBA from Rider University and a BA from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Davis – Collections and Research Assistant
Paul joined the staff at HSP in 2018. He is responsible for handling all research inquiries, using HSP’s collection, and assisting the Curator in implementing HSP’s Collections Management Policy. Paul previously worked as a Research Historian at the David Library of the American Revolution and served as a Research Project Manager from 2012 to 2015 at the Museum of the American Revolution. Prior to his career as a historian and researcher, Paul worked in the securities industry where he worked in Investment Operations and as a Compliance Supervisor. Paul received his BA from Dickinson College where he majored in History and Economics. He also holds Master’s Degrees from St. Joseph’s University (MBA) and Villanova University (History).
Breeann Blumenthal – Private Events Coordinator
Since 2021, Breeann has assisted with HSP’s private event rentals, including weddings, birthday parties, corporate and non-profit events. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Breann graduated summa cum laude from Azusa Pacific University in California in 2020 with a B.A. in Christian Ministries. She has worked with Christian nonprofits in both South Africa and Nashville, Tennessee.
Heather Jahrling – Visitor Services Associate
Heather joined HSP in 2022. She greets and manages visitors during museum open hours and assists with social media. Heather is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in U.S. 20th Century History at Princeton University. She graduated summa cum laude from Colby College in 2021, majoring in History/Science, Technology and Society (STS). In addition to serving as a research assistant in the STS Department, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Colby Echo.
Cindy Srnka – Visitor Services Associate/Walking Tour Guide
Since 2021, Cindy has greeted and managed visitors to the museum at Updike Farmstead. In addition, she leads HSP’s public and private walking tours of town and campus. In her previous roles at Grounds For Sculpture and the Historic Village at Allaire, Cindy has had extensive experience in various departments, including Development, Education, Curatorial, Exhibitions, Guest Services, Marketing & Finance. She studied at Mercer County Community College and was later accepted to the University of Pennsylvania as a recipient of the Bread Upon the Water Scholarship, receiving a full academic scholarship. She is a current Bachelor of Arts candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a minor in History/History of Art. In addition to work and studies she contributes time to various archaeological projects at the Penn Museum and is a field team member of the Bat Archaeological Project in Oman. She currently holds a position on the Penn Museum Student Exhibition team to work with Penn Museum staff in co-curating the exhibition Heritage in Our Hands: UNESCO 50 Years Later now on view through March 2023.