County History Center
Ferriell to head History Center
(March 2002) La Grange, Ky. - The board of the Oldham
County Historical Society has voted unanimously to select Anita Fritz
as the executive director of the Oldham County History Center. The vote
adapted the recommendation of a search committee established by the
board last September. The board also unanimously approved the committees
recommendation of Lori Ferriell as programming director for the center.
by Don Ward
left, Lori Ferriell
and Anita Fritz, two
former teachers, will
co-direct the Oldham
County Historical Society.
As executive director, Fritz will concentrate on assisting
the board in strategic planning, overseeing the design and promotion
of exhibits and other services, and membership. In addition to assisting
Fritz in these areas, Ferriell will work primarily on development of
exhibits and programs, special events, coordination with schools, and
collections. The two positions, each of which will require approximately
20 hours per week, are designed to overlap.
Both Fritz and Ferriell have long experience as teachers with the Oldham
County school system. The idea of creating two half-time positions with
different but complementary job descriptions, and employing professionals
with backgrounds in education instead of museum administration, evolved
slowly over several weeks as the search team focused on the specific
needs of a local history showplace with a largely educational agenda.
The search for a new director began in earnest shortly after the departure
last September of Patricia G. Michael, who had served as executive director
of the History Center since 1995.
Fritz had been serving as interim director but expressed no interest
in a full time position. Then the committee received a resume from Ferriell,
another experienced teacher with strong local ties, who wanted to work
half-time because of family commitments. The perfect solution instantly
Fritz is a native of Oldham County and a graduate of Oldham County High
School with bachelors and masters degrees from the University
of Louisville. She retired from the Oldham County school system in June
2000 after 25 years.
Ferriell is also a native of Oldham County and a graduate of Oldham
County High School with a bachelors degree from the University
of Kentucky and a masters degree from the University of Louisville.
She spent 11 years with the Oldham County school system as a teacher
and guidance counselor.
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