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April 15, 2014 > Historical society names new executive director

Historical society names new executive director

Submitted By Hayward Area Historical Society

Mr. AT Stephens was recently named Executive Director of the Hayward Area Historical Society. He had been serving as the museumÕs interim director since last April 2013.

During a career devoted to the publicÕs engagement with history and American culture, Stephens has coordinated the interpretation of historic sites in Northern Virginia; held senior positions at African American-themed museums in Philadelphia and Baltimore and was the vice-president for programs, exhibitions and research during the expansion of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis. Additionally, he directed planning for CAM, the Contemporary Art Museum Initiative of the College of Design at NC State University and, while in Raleigh, also assumed fulltime teaching as an assistant professor of Design Studies.

As an educator, planner, and advocate for the role of museums in the marketplace of ideas, Stephens has collaborated with organizations as varied as the multiple sites of the Smithsonian Institution and Colonial Williamsburg, Thomas JeffersonÕs 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 museums, history and informal learning, he has conducted an undergraduate seminar in museum theory for the College of Design at NC State; 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 HumanitiesÕ Career Certificate in Historic Preservation at Northern Virginia Community College in Fairfax.

Our new director has served on the boards, councils, and standing committees of a number of the professionÕs leading organizations. He is the founding chair of the American Alliance of MuseumÕs (AAMÕs) Standing Professional Committee for Diversity in Museums.

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