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40 Under 40: Making museum-going affordable for all

Photo / Tim Greenway As chief advancement officer for Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Rebecca Roche works to facilitate free or affordable admission to all.
Rebecca Roche, 36
Chief advancement officer, Maine Maritime Museum Click here to see all 40 Under 40 honorees.
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Significant professional accomplishment: Expanding free admission opportunities at the museum. We’ve worked with donors to provide free admission to children 17 and under and to everyone with an electronic benefits transfer card, and even have entire months of free admission for all.

Passion project: Getting people to visit the Skolfield-Whittier House at the Pejepscot History Center in Brunswick. It’s such a treasure of a house museum, made great by the stories of the family that lived there.

Audacious goal: Visit every continent.

Favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Influential book: Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”

Favorite TV show: “Deadwood”

How do you recharge: Walks with my adorable 6-pound dog, Trixie. She’s even hiked up Cadillac with me!

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