Sam Stephens is a Trenton resident of 40 years and served on the Trent House Association board of trustees since 2013and as treasurer since 2015. Beginning in June 2022 he began as interim director for the Association, which manages and operates the 1719 William Trent House Museum for the City of Trenton. As trustee and now as staff, Stephens led the Association’s work in expanding its interpretation of the Museum site, heading up projects on colonial slavery, Lenape history and contemporary life, the Great Migration, and Trenton’s industrial development and immigration. He also directs NJ Historic Trust-funded projects that developed a site-wide plan for preservation and interpretation, are designing interpretive signs for the Museum grounds that highlight the full range of human experience on and around the site and will soon undertake a major capital improvement project replacing the HVAC system in the historic house. Stephens holds a Bachelors in sociology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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