Bright future and big plans for Richardson Museum

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Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
Director Jane Devlin and Chairman Victor MacSorley welcome visitors to the meeting.

CAMBRIDGE — “The success of the Richardson Museum will reverberate throughout the community,” said Jane Devlin, executive director of the Richardson Museum, at the museum’s annual meeting on Jan. 16. The meeting was attended by members of the Richardson and interested neighbors, and approximately 100 people passed through during the event.

Victor MacSorley, chairman of the board for the Richardson Museum, welcomed everyone to the event. Attendees were distracted by the many displays in the museum, as well as trays of excellent fried oysters that continually made the rounds. Mr. MacSorley thanked all the board members for their participation, as well as all the volunteers who help contribute to the success of the museum.

Ms. Devlin took the stand and quickly updated the crowd on the Richardson’s plans for the upcoming years. Top on the list of Richardson news is that the museum building at 401 High St. is on the market, and an eventual sale is anticipated. Future plans call for construction of a new museum building at the Maryland Avenue site, which currently houses the Ruark Boatworks. Over a period of years, eventually all of the Richardson functions will be consolidated at the Maryland Avenue site, which will include construction and landscaping for a waterfront park.

Landscape work on the site is expected to begin this coming spring. Also planned are improvements to the brick building that houses the Brannock Collection, plus expansion of the shelter currently on the property to house the Spirit of the Pearl project. Building of the Pearl is planned to begin in 2016.

A business plan is also being developed for a marine trade school on the site. “This is going to be a year of growth,” promises Ms. Devlin. “A lot of years of work have brought us to this point.”

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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