By Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, October 13, 2017
Dan Yaeger, 57, has been NEMA’s executive director for more than seven years. A St. Louis native, he was previously director of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. He talked last month about the organization and the behind-the-scenes role it plays in New England cultural life.
Q. Do you have a first museum memory?
A. I remember the Saint Louis Art Museum. My aunt introduced me to museums. One of the first experiences when she took me there was getting yelled at by a guard for touching a statue, a Venus de Milo bronze. He was very kind about it, but he pointed out: “You don’t touch statues.” Subsequently, I was involved with the museum as a teenager, in its young-adult art history program.