Santa’s Elves and The Santa Claus Museum & Village Welcome a New Director

From Local Sources 

SANTA CLAUS -- The Santa Claus Museum & Village is welcoming a new Executive Director this season.

Nell Hedge has joined the team of Elves at the museum and looks forward to immersing herself in the history of this jolly town.

“I’ve really enjoyed learning about Santa Claus and look forward to getting involved in the community,” says Hedge.

Hedge, who has a background in tourism and education, has worked with non-profits for years. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Tourism Management and has experience in education, communications, and community outreach.

Nell and her husband, Dave, have recently relocated to southern Indiana. They spent years living in Texas and their two sons currently attend The University of Oklahoma.

Pat Koch, President of the Santa Claus Museum & Village Board of Directors and Chief Elf, feels Hedge is the perfect choice to take over the reins at the museum.

“Nell’s education and experience made her an excellent choice for the Director position. We’re very happy to have her join the team.”

Hedge replaces former Director Emily Thompson, who wraps up her tenure this week.

“Nell and I have been working together for the past few weeks,” says Thompson. “She has already met several of our wonderful partners during this transition period and I know she’ll be an asset to the Santa Claus Museum & Village and our local community.”

The Santa Claus Museum & Village is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Santa Claus, Indiana, and perpetuates the tradition of Santa’s Elves, Inc. by answering letters to Santa.