Cynthia Riccio Promoted to Associate Director and Director of Visitor Engagement at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Wethersfield, Conn. (April 29, 2021) –The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum has named Cynthia Joseph Riccio as associate director and director of visitor engagement in recognition of her achievements and expanded responsibilities. The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum is owned by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut. 

“Cindy’s years of experience in working with educators, staff, and our various audiences makes her ideally qualified for this essential role,” says museum Executive Director Joshua Campbell Torrance. “She has played a vital role in our work to open the museum’s new Holcombe Education Center and we look forward to her increased efforts in developing exciting new programming and further engaging both students and the public.”

Riccio previously served as director of education at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, overseeing the institution’s education programs for adults and children. She also served as interim co-director from May to November 2020, with a focus on developing a greater on-line presence. “I’m very excited for the opportunity be a part of the ‘new’ Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum,” Riccio says. “I look forward to planning more exciting programs and events, and welcoming back visitors and our talented and knowledgeable staff.” 

In addition to her role at the museum, Riccio is an adjunct professor of history at Tunxis Community College, where she teaches U.S. history and women’s history.  She holds a B.A. in history and women’s studies and an M.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University. She is also the founder, director and coach of the non-profit 261 Fearless Club, CT.

About the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut 

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut was founded in 1893 for the purpose of increasing public knowledge and understanding of the colonial heritage in the United States of America, and inspiring pride in its traditions. Their participation in patriotic-service programs, historical activities, and stewardship of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum are the primary means through which they fulfill their purpose. The Connecticut Society acquired the Joseph Webb House in 1919, the Stevens House in 1957 and the Deane House in 1959.  Both the Webb and Deane houses are National Historic Landmarks, and the Stevens house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides the quintessential New England experience – from the settling of Wethersfield to the early 20th century. Admission to the museum includes entrance to the galleries at the Holcombe Education Center and tours of the 1752 Joseph Webb House, where General George Washington met with French General Rochambeau and planned the military campaign leading to the end of the Revolutionary War; the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France; and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House, which depicts Connecticut life in the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information visit: or social media at @webbdeanestevens, email [email protected] or call (860) 529-0612.