Published : Friday, March 30, 2018 | 1:06 PM
La Cañada’s Lanterman House is about to welcome a new face in Pasadena Museum of History Director of Collections Laura Verlaque, who will replace longtime Lanterman House Executive Director Melissa Patton when she retires.
After a lengthy search, the museum’s board found Verlaque to be a qualified replacement it hopes will set a new course for La Cañada’s nonprofit historic house.
Verlaque leaves the Pasadena Museum of History after 12 years and will start working in La Cañada on April 9.
According to Mary Lou Langedyke, Lanterman’s foundation board president, the selection committee wanted someone who had an interest in historic house museums and an active role in the community.
“We were looking for someone who could revitalize current programs and provide some life and energy through social media and outreach,” Langedyke said in a recent interview with the L.A. Times. “More than anything, we wanted someone who could build on the solid foundation Melissa had built for us and who could move on with the same graciousness she had.”
In her role as Director of Collections for the Pasadena Museum of History, Verlaque planned gallery exhibits, developed educational programs and was a founding member of the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration.
Before that, she was a research volunteer at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and worked at Christie’s Fine Arts Auctioneers where she was eventually promoted to vice president of the silver department.
Verlaque is excited about her new position and looks forward to the experience. She told the Times, “A historic house museum is the total package — you can take in the art or the decorative architecture, but overall it’s telling the story of a family, and I find that compelling.”