Former Please Touch head is honored

    Nancy Kolb spent 21 years leading Philadephia’s Please Touch Museum. On the eve of her retirement, the city council said thanks.

    Nancy Kolb spent 21 years leading Philadephia’s Please Touch Museum. On the eve of her retirement, the city council said thanks.

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    The resounding success of the Please Touch Museum in its new Fairmount Park home came after a long fight on the part of Nancy Kolb. Many thought her proposal to take over Memorial Hall was wrongheaded. Things are different now, as a resolution honoring Kolb reflects.

    Jones: For her visionary leadership that never let strategic planning get in the way of a most exciting opportunity.

    That was Councilman Curtis Jones.

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    The Museum opened in Memorial Hall just over a year ago and attendance has exceeded expectations. What Kolb told the council was, effectively, “I told you so.”

    Kolb: City council, for those of you who never thought she’d pull it off, nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.

    Nancy Kolb’s tenure as CEO ends this week. She says she will spend more time with her five grandchildren, but warned that Philadelphia has not seen the last of her.

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