Gross new director of historical society

TRAVIS GROSS TRAVIS GROSS The Board of Directors of the Sheboygan County Historical Society has named Travis Gross as executive director. Travis began his new role Feb. 18, succeeding Robert Harker, who retired at the end of February.

Mary Novak, president of the Board of Directors and chair of the search committee said, "We are confident that Gross with his business management skills, positive outlook and vision for future endeavors at the Sheboygan County Historical Society will be a skilled leader and visionary with our staff and for the organization.”

Following an extensive search, Gross was chosen for his excellent managerial and leadership skills, passion for history and community, and dedication to the strong education and outreach endeavors of the museum. This combination, along with his emphasis on teamwork to accomplish goals, appreciation of the many previous accomplishments of the historical society and museum, and his vision to continue to grow the museum and explore new ways of creating collaborative working environments and engaging local communities made Gross the perfect individual to lead the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum in its mission to collect, preserve, and educate about the history of Sheboygan County.

“I am privileged to be named the new executive director of our County Historical Society and Museum,” said Gross. “I am looking forward to continuing the tremendous programs we offer and developing stronger relations with the many historically based organizations of our wonderful county.”

Prior to accepting the executive director position, Gross was a regular volunteer with the Full Day Student Education Programs at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, a member of the Historical Society’s Board of Directors, along with serving on the Membership Committee, and often assisted with special projects and events. In addition, he was a kitchen manager at Legend Larry’s. Prior to this, Gross was a small business owner, establishing Reisende Bier Stube, a local pub that opened in a building he saved, researched, and historically restored.

Gross graduated from Sheboygan North High School and obtained a BS in History and Geography from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse, along with a Secondary Education Certificate in Broadfield Social Science from Lakeland College. He and his wife, Kris, live in Sheboygan with their daughter Lily.

The museum will host a welcome reception for Travis and his family Wednesday, April 10 from 4:30 to 6 pm. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

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