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June 11, 2013 > Interim Director named at Hayward Area Historical Society

Interim Director named at Hayward Area Historical Society

Submitted By the Hayward Area Historical Society

We're very excited to announce a new addition to our team. A.T. Stephens has joined the staff as Interim Executive Director. During a career devoted to the public's engagement with history and American culture, he has worked as an educator, manager, advocate, and consultant for the role of museums in the marketplace of ideas. He has coordinated the interpretation of historic sites in Northern Virginia; worked for African American-themed museums in Philadelphia and Baltimore; served as vice-president for programs, exhibitions, and research during the expansion of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis; and directed planning for the nascent CAM, the Contemporary Art Museum Initiative of the College of Design at NC State University.

Stephens has collaborated with a variety of organizations including the multiple sites of the Smithsonian Institution and Colonial Williamsburg, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the Levine Museum of the New South, and Laurel Grove, a one-room colored school in Franconia, Virginia. A frequent lecturer on subjects pertaining to museum practice, he has served on the graduate faculty in Art Education at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC; directed the practicum in Museum Exhibition and Interpretation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and taught courses leading to the Humanities' Career Certificate in Historic Preservation at Northern Virginia Community College in Fairfax. In 2009, Stephens' "Culture as a Context for Design" was offered as a requirement for first-year Art and Design students at NC State University.

A long-time supporter of museums and informal learning, he has served on the boards, councils, and standing committees of the American Association of Museums, the Institute for Learning Innovation, Museum Education Roundtable, Visitor Studies Association, Living Classrooms Foundation, Octagon Museum of the American Institute of Architects, Virginia Association of Museums, and regional associations in the Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. He was the founding chair of AAM's Standing Professional Committee for Diversity in Museums.

Welcome A.T. Stephens!

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