Jennifer Trainer Thompson
Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Director, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Jennifer's Full Bio:
Jennifer Trainer Thompson is President and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA, a living history museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Shakers. Since taking the helm in 2017, she has steadily grown attendance and programming at the museum, adding a Food for Thought dinner series with acclaimed authors, Shaker Barn Music concerts featuring rising roots music stars performing in a former hayloft, wildly popular goat yoga classes, and an emphasis on contemporary art installations with a nod to the Shaker aesthetic. Prior to her arrival at Hancock Shaker Village, she was a co-founder of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. During her 28-year career there, she was most recently director of development. Her debut film Museum Town, a documentary about the creation of MASS MoCA, premiered at South x Southwest in 2019 to critical acclaim. Thompson is the author of 22 books, including 10 cookbooks, and was nominated for three James Beard awards. Born in Boston, Thompson is a tenth-generation Yankee. She earned a B.A. in English literature from Tufts University.
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