NEW DIRECTOR OF SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM–OR NOT?

A little while ago, I got a press release from a woman named Deborah at the Sixth Floor Museum announcing the outfit’s new executive director (which appears after the jump). Then, 18 minutes later, I got this message:

Deborah Marine would like to recall the message, “Sixth Floor Museum Names New Executive Director – Photo Attached”.

Developing …

DALLAS — Nicola Longford has been named Executive Director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The announcement was made by Ruben Esquivel, the museum’s chairman, who said Ms. Longford would begin her new duties October 17, 2005.

Since 2000, Ms. Longford has been Vice President of Community Services for
the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis, which she joined in 1992.
From 1984 to 1991, she was with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in
Virginia.

“The Museum is very pleased that Nicola Longford will serve as Executive
Director,” Esquivel said. “Her broad experience in museum administration,
her commitment to preservation and education, and her national success with
historical exhibits will be invaluable to the Sixth Floor.”

“I am very privileged to become part of this incredible institution and to
take part in telling the Museum’s story. I look forward to making Dallas my
new home and finding my place in this community,” said Ms. Longford.

At the Missouri Historical Society, she supervises a staff of 70 and a
multi-million dollar programming budget. The areas of responsibility
include the Divisions of Education, Exhibits and Graphic Design,
Library/Archives/Still and Moving Images, Museum Collections and
Conservation, Publications, and Special Projects.

Longford was a key participant in the development, planning and production
of the $7.5 million Lewis & Clark exhibit now touring the United States.
This exhibit, entitled “Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial
Exhibition,” is a compilation of 500 original artifacts from the Missouri
Historical Society, The Smithsonian Institution and other national museums
with significant collections of Lewis & Clark items. This exhibition will
open at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon in November 2005.

Longford received her BA from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg,
Virginia, and her MA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg, Virginia. She is a native of Pembury, Kent, England.

She is a member of the American Association for State and Local History, The
American Institute for Conservation and is active on the Board of the
Association of Midwest Museums.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and
legacy of President John F. Kennedy; preserves the National Historic
Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and provides
audiences with the tools to navigate contemporary culture within the context
of presidential history.

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