Oldham County History Center

Fritz, Ferriell to head History Center

Staff Report

(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 committee’s recommendation of Lori Ferriell as programming director for the center.

Lori Ferriell, Anita Fritz

Photo by Don Ward

From 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 materialized.
Fritz is a native of Oldham County and a graduate of Oldham County High School with bachelor’s and master’s 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 bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s 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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