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New Non-Profit Director Appointed
Friday, October 11, 2019
The Wayside Inn Announces New Nonprofit Director
Sudbury, MA – October 11, 2019 – The Trustees of The Wayside Inn Foundation
(TWIF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Sally Purrington Hild as the first
Director of Nonprofit Programs and Affairs. “We are ecstatic to invite Sally to join us
as Nonprofit Director (NPD),”said Gary Christelis,
The Wayside Inn Foundation
Board of Trustees.
“Her experience with nonprofit
on history and preservation
and her roots in the
community will be incredible
assets for our organization
and our future.”
The NPD position was
newly created to re-initiate,
organize and execute The Wayside Inn Foundation mission and to
encourage development and community engagement
“The Wayside Inn is a special place,” noted Hild, a Sudbury resident since 2002.
“I’ve had the pleasure of coming to the Inn to gather with family since I was a child.
I remember being awed by the ancient beams, the smell of the hearth, and the
glimmering pewter and brass things. I may have occasionally swung on the gate
along the Grist Mill path. Whenever I step onto The Wayside Inn grounds it feels
like coming home to some of my favorite memories.” “Having partnered with Sally on
several projects, I know we’ll work well together,” said Innkeeper Steve Pickford.
“Over the years I’ve taken on responsibilities well beyond my wheelhouse and from
which I’ve learned a lot, but I could really use some help and expertise with development
and programming. Sally’s proven track record in nonprofit management will be
a huge benefit for us.” Hild most recently held the position of Executive Director for the
Sudbury Historical Society and led its efforts to build the Sudbury History Center at
the Loring Parsonage and previously served as Executive Director of the
Cambridge Historical Society. Hild holds a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation
from Boston University’s American and New England Studies program.
This experience combined with extensive training in museum management
will prove useful as TWIF implements many of its educational and capital
improvement initiatives. Pickford continues in his role as Innkeeper of the
Inn and General Manager of TWIF.
“I feel fortunate to begin a new job here, to work with a Board of Trustees,
the Innkeeper Steve Pickford, and the Inn staff who have a clear vision
for protecting and preserving what is precious about The Wayside Inn and its
living history legacy, while also ensuring that the campus will be sustainable well
into the future.” Hild said. “I have been working to build community connections
and look forward to collaborative projects with other local groups while expanding
The Wayside Inn’s visitation and engagement
with the historic site.” Hild will begin her job as NPD on October 21st at the
new TWIF office in the Gate House located across from Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.
About The Wayside Inn Foundation
The Wayside Inn Foundation is a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1944
to preserve and operate the Wayside Inn Historic Site, a historic property on
the National Register of Historic Places with over 100 acres and 9 historic buildings,
including the famed Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, believed to be the oldest operating inn
in the United States. The organization, led by an all-volunteer board of trustees,
also promotes early American humanities and culture through
hospitality, lodging, education, programming, and events.
For more information, please visit
The Wayside Inn Foundation