The South County History Center is operated by a team of dedicated staff, Trustees, volunteers and interns.


Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Erica Luke, Executive Director

Erica became the Center's Executive Director in 2014.  A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Erica has more than a decade of experience in museums and other educational institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Newseum.

Erica earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in History with Distinction from the University of Delaware.  She and her husband Robert live in Greene, RI.


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Alicia Vaandering, Collections Manager

Alicia has served the Center since 2014, first as a volunteer and presently as our Collections Manager.  A graduate of Willamette University and native of Oregon, Alicia moved to the East Coast to pursue an M.A. in History and a Master's Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

In addition to her work at the Center, Alicia also serves as a Student Reference Librarian at URI's Carothers Library and spends her free time exploring New England's many fairs.


Board of Trustees

Katherine Long, Chair                                       Dr. Joanne Pope Melish, Vice Chair
H. Graham Nye, Treasurer                                Barry Bayon, Secretary
Polly Eddy                                                          Mark K. Gardner                                                 
Dr. Jon Marcoux                                                 John Parkhurst
Holly Stephenson                                              Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr. 


 Volunteers                              2016-2017 Interns

  Dianne Comiskey                                                  Racine Amos
  Michael Costa                                                        Allison Anderson
  Michael Gannon                                                    Jessica Campbell
  Linda Eppich                                                          Anne Colletta
  Christine Hendrick                                                 Alexander Creese
  Mary Keane                                                            Michelle Farias
  Harold Kemble                                                       Mat Ferraro
  Robert Luke                                                            Sara Godin
  William Lundeen                                                    Deb Marble
  Charles McCarthy                                                  Megan MacNeil
  Pam Mead                                                              Tarilyn Medlar
  Andrew Polta                                                         Jodie McMahon
  Jean Quinn                                                            Emily Piers
  Claudia Swain                                                       Amanda Quink
  Jeffrey Taber                                                         Bonnie Seymour                                                         
                                                                                 Alea Stokes
                                                                                 Emma Tanner
                                                                                 Julia Teeter