Museum gears up for July 1, 2013 opening
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GETTYSBURG (December 20, 2012)—The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum has added three staff members as it gears up for a grand opening on July 1, 2013—150 years to the day after the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.
• Denise Doyle has been named chief operations officer. Originally from western Pennsylvania, Doyle moved to Gettysburg in 1997, fulfilling a lifetime goal to pursue her interest in the Civil War. She has served as membership director and chief administrative officer for the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg (now the Gettysburg Foundation) and has worked in the finance department of the Borough of Gettysburg. She has a B.S. in secondary social studies education from Penn State University.
• Jennifer Legates has been named education director. A native of Delaware, Legates most recently worked as deputy director of Historic St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s, Md. Prior work in museum education includes the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (Kennesaw, Ga.), Dumbarton House (Washington, D.C.), the B & O Railroad Museum (Baltimore) , Pamplin Park, the Delaware State Museums and Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park. In addition to being a Civil War living historian, Legates has presented numerous lectures, has been a course instructor in history and has authored several articles. She has a B.A. in history from Shepherd College and a Master of Liberal Studies—Museum Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. She is pursuing a master’s certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University.
• Dru Anne Neil has been named marketing director. A native of the Pittsburgh area, she most recently was marketing and communications director for the Gettysburg Foundation, which opened and now operates the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. She was communications director for the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg (now the Gettysburg Foundation), and was project manager for that organization’s opening of Rupp House History Center in 2003. She has worked in advertising and the development/fundraising industry and as a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked in the public relations office of the Pittsburgh Penguins and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at Duquesne University. She has a B.A. in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh—Greensburg and an M.A. in corporate communication from Duquesne University. She serves on the board of the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.
“We are extremely pleased with the team we have assembled,” said Barbara Franco, founding executive director of the Seminary Ridge Museum. “We look forward to being a cornerstone of the Gettysburg’s 150th commemoration, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world.”
The new Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum in the rehabilitated Schmucker Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus opens July 1, 2013, and will feature 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibit galleries and educational programming to interpret three major areas of emphasis—none of which are the focus of any other museum in Gettysburg: the pivotal first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on Seminary Ridge, the care of the wounded and human suffering within Schmucker Hall during its use as a Civil War field hospital and the moral, civic, and spiritual debates of the Civil War era. A one-mile outdoor trail will complement a museum visit with wayside markers. Special exhibits, programs and events will be offered throughout the year.
The project is a joint venture of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the Adams County Historical Society and the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation.