DES MOINES | The State Historical Society of Iowa has named Hannah Frederick, of Ames, as the new coordinator of the Montauk Historic Site near Clermont. She has been the collection manager and volunteer coordinator for the Ames Historical Society the past five years and will begin her new position Nov. 27.
Clubine is the great-granddaughter of former Iowa Gov. William Larrabee and his wife, Anna, who built the Montauk mansion in 1874 on a hill overlooking the Turkey River Valley. Surrounded by pine trees, flower gardens and Civil War statues, the 14-room mansion is one of eight historic sites overseen by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Born and raised in Forest City, Frederick received her bachelor's degree in history from Iowa State University and her master's degree in museum studies from the University of Oklahoma. Over the past 12 years, she has lived and worked in Ames, including the past five years with the Ames Historical Society.
In addition to overseeing the Montauk house, farming and grounds operations, she will strengthen events while expanding the number of school groups that visit the site for tours and educational programs.
Built from brick made from native clay and kilned in Clermont, Montauk remains a working farm with barns, animals, grain fields and an orchard.
"It's a beautiful site," Frederick said. "Driving up the lane, overlooking the grounds, your first impression is that it's breathtaking."
The public's first opportunities to meet Frederick will be Sunday, Dec. 3, during the Montauk Open House, 1-4 p.m., and the Vespers Service at Union Sunday School, at 4:30 p.m. in Clermont.