FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2007
Contact: Jennifer M. Guild, Senior Officer for Public Relations and Marketing
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Virginia Historical Society Announces Changes in Personnel
New Employees Join Growing Staff of Professionals Dedicated to VHS Educational Mission
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is pleased to congratulate three employees on promotions within the organization and welcomes nine new faces to its evolving staff. Under the leadership of Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., president and CEO, the VHS begins the summer with several personnel changes as it continues to grow. In 2007, the VHS is hosting a number of innovative exhibitions, expanding its continuing education services, and offering new programs that seek to diversify its audiences. Current employees Carol Anne Baker, Heather D. Beattie, Margaret Kidd, and Alicia Berrier have new responsibilities, and newcomers Sarah Gravely, Jennifer E. Mason, D. Sam Prickett, Shawn Moore, Meg Eastman, Todd Long, Cynthia Borchick, Colin Woodward, Julie P. Mannering, and Lila Williams have joined the staff.
The Development and Public Affairs office has seen positive growth in the last several months. Carol Anne Baker moved from Media Relations Specialist to the Grants Officer position. Baker, who has worked for the VHS for eight years, is responsible for foundation relationships and stewardship of grants. Sarah Gravely, Development Projects Manager, joined the department in December. Gravely, who serves on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, graduated with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee. And, Jennifer E. Mason, formerly Marketing Specialist at Pamplin Historical Park, is the new Media Relations Specialist and will handle primary media contact and press releases for the Society.
D. Sam Prickett, Information Technology Manager, joined the VHS after twelve years as a Network Manager at Lowe, Brockenbrough & Co., Inc. Shawn Moore, Exhibitions Assistant, has museum experience in production and education from his work at the Science Museum of Virginia and the Children's Museum of Richmond. He prepares and maintains exhibitions on display at the VHS.
Heather D. Beattie became the Museum Collections Manager in October 2006. Beattie started at the VHS in 2000 and was Visual Resources Manager for two years before accepting her new position. The new Visual Resources Manager, Meg Eastman, also came to the VHS last October. Eastman, a University of Richmond graduate, was the Conservation Assistant at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for the three years prior to her new position.
The Capitol Shop: A Virginia Historical Society Store, which opened to the public in the underground Capitol Extension on May 1, 2007, welcomes new staff. Cynthia Borchick and Todd Long are Sales Associates for the Virginia Historical Society's Capitol Shop. Alicia Berrier, who worked in the Museum Shop for two years, is the Site Supervisor.
Margaret Kidd began at the VHS as a Library Clerk in July 2005. Kidd recently moved into the Manuscripts Department and is serving as Project Archivist on the new three-year collections processing project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The VHS also has a new Associate Project Archivist on the Mellon project. Colin Woodward, who joined the VHS in April, is a former Mellon Fellow and volunteered in the Department for almost a year before being hired full-time.
Julie P. Mannering comes to the VHS from the Valentine Richmond History Center. Mannering, who recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, is the new Library Clerk. Lila Williams, who retired from the University of Richmond library, started working part-time in the Technical Services department in September 2006.
The Virginia Historical Society is pleased to welcome these employees to their new positions. The Society, which turned 175 in 2006, is the oldest continually operating cultural institution of its kind in the South. This accomplishment is a result of a long line of distinguished leaders, beginning with John Marshall, and a growing family of devoted employees dedicated to the mission of collecting, preserving, and interpreting Virginia's past for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Sundays. For group tour
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