An Adventure Through History
The South Shore Children's Museum is where play and learning come together! The museum provides an opportunity for children to discover our nation’s rich past through hands-on experiences -- without ever having to leave the South Shore! Each exhibit teaches them about a different aspect of American history through exciting interactive play. From creating crafts to sharing stories, children will learn about America and have fun doing it!
Meet our Board of Directors
Juvelyn "Juvy" Hartweg, Excutive Director, received her BA in ED Stonehill College, pending MS in Integrating Technology in the Classroom Walden University,MA teacher certified in Elementary Ed. 1-6, mother of 3 boys and yellow lab owner, Rockland Hanson Rotary President '09-'10, interested in community relations and alternative education, loves to travel and go to the beach with her family, would love to be in a Discovery Channel diving expedition in the Great Barrier Reef, favorite American president is Franklin Delano Roosevelt and is a fan of American Football
Jean DiGiacomandrea's commitment to her community, people and public service has been varied and long-standing. A Scituate resident, Jean has served as a member of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, 375th Birthday, Heritage Days and St Patrick's Day Parade Committees and as Chairperson for the Fall for Scituate Festival. After a successful 32-year career in the printing industry, Jean reinvented herself by becoming a highly respected childcare provider and is a beloved nanny to several families on the South Shore. Her work with children also includes her innovative Get Green with Miss Jean, a traveling program to teach children about the impact of recycling in a fun and entertaining way. As a volunteer, Jean is a Red Cross disaster relief worker and has been a familiar sight as a House Manager for First Night Boston for 12 years. Jean’s love of theater also influenced her commu nity involvement. An actress on stage, TV and film, she served as President of the Cohasset Dramatic Club for 10 years and currently serves as Executive Producer and Artistic Director for The Hat Trick Mystery Theatre. With her production company, Victory Productions, she produced the New England premiere of Lines of Fire, a staged reading of extraordinary war letters by Andrew Carroll, based on a PBS documentary.
Althea B. Johnson brings 30 years of experience as a nurse with the South Shore VNA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College and has managed a homecare agency during her career. In this role she displayed her strengths in effective decision making and a passion for people by providing quality care for patients and their families. Her compassion has carried over to her personal life as she has an adult daughter with special needs. Althea is an active member of the Friendship Home, a grass roots organization providing support and resources to special needs adults. Althea has two other children as well and was very involved in volunteering at their schools, being a representative for the Woodward School Parent Group. Althea's professional experience is as commendable as her personal life. She brings her compassion, creativity and leadership to the board. Althea believes that this quote sums up her connection with the SSCM.
Bill “Doc” Martin has 25 years experience as Property Manager for a 30 million dollar condominium community. His technical/analytical expertise in evaluating operations has initiated changes and improvements to the methods and process of his company. A family man with a passion for the arts and science, Bill is a valuable member of the board. He acts as Project Manager for the construction of the exhibits and has a keen eye for detail. Bill is always busy! He enjoys bass fishing from his kayak and is currently learning American sign language with the hopes of teaching the hearing impaired. His favorite American president is Abraham Lincoln and is moved by the last sentence of his Gettysburg address.
Margaret Murray was born in Buckinghamshire, England, and grew up in London. She attended Secretarial College in London and acquired a diploma in shorthand/typing. She has worked as an au pair in Geneva, Switzerland, and for the U.S. Air Force in Weisbaden, Germany for the Personnel Department and ultimately in the Drug Rehab Center. She has worked for a major newspaper on the storied Fleet Street, London, home to so many major newspapers. On arrival in the U.S., she had a 25 year career at the Boston Globe, as a personal assistant to National and Foreign Editors on the international news desk. She works part-time at the Massachusetts Convention Center Boston and the Hynes Convention Center. She is active in her community, volunteering for several organizations, and singing in a choir that provides entertainment for local nursing homes. She serves on the Holbrook Public Library Trustees, currently sitting as chairperson, and can sometimes be found helping Plymouth Animal Shelter in their fundraising efforts. And of course, she is on the Board of Directors for South Shore Children's Museum, where she hopes children will have fun as they establish knowledge of the U.S. and the world.
Debbie Paquette is owner of Debbie Paquette Associates in Architecture, She has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology, worked on highway construction and in erosion and sediment control, A mother of boy/girl twins, has two labradors, and is a New Member Coordinator for Seaside Mother of Multiples '05-present. She also was co-chair of North River Collaborative Family Network. She loves volunteer work, working with children and being out in nature. She is fascinated with Native American culture and is a fan of Hockey and All Star Cheerleading.
Sharon St. Ours is a resident of Norwell and a mother of two daughters, Audrey and Amelia. She studied at University of California, San Diego and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1994. She worked as an engineer in the Silicon Valley from 1995 to 1999 before moving back to Norwell with her husband Andrew MacLellan. After working at Analog Devices in Wilmington and Norwood as a Project Manager from 2000 to 2004, she decided to work as Marketing Manager at her family owned and operated Seafood business, St. Ours & Co. in East Weymouth MA, maker of St. Ours Clam Broth. In addition to her volunteer work with the museum, she is also currently the treasurer for Sustainable South Shore and was the organizer of the South Shore Celebration!, a sustainable living event, in 2011 and 2012. She has a passion for all things food, from farming to cooking to trying new things, and has a passion for the arts and sciences, family, and her family’s two cats.
Jennifer Savio is a freelance journalist and the proud mother of her son Grayson.
She most recently worked at WHDH-TV in Boston, where she produced light features, consumer stories and investigative reports that earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. Jennifer has also worked in radio at WBZ and WBUR, Boston's public radio station. In addition to working in news at WBUR, Jennifer also coordinated the radio station’s membership program and assisted in managing the station’s fundraising campaigns through all media, including telemarketing and direct mail, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the station. Jennifer is a graduate of Boston University and lives in Cohasset, where she serves on the board of the town's newcomers club.
Heather Wolbach is a South Shore mother of two who very much enjoys bringing her sons to the museum, especially to see the covered wagon. Much of her childhood was spent in Nebraska, Missouri, and Ohio, and she loves the museum focus on American history and Native American culture. The museum's upcoming exhibit, Mount Rushmore, holds a special place in her heart; she was fortunate enough to see Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills while on a ASNIYA Volunteer Trip to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during dental school. Heather graduated from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2002 and completed her residency at University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and currently works at Norwell Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Norwell, MA. She is excited to be on the board of the South Shore Children's Museum, as she feels her sons and all of the children on the South Shore can benefit from a fun, educational, and local children's museum.