The Clarke County Historical Association has a new director: Laura Christiansen.
In her new role, Christiansen will supervise day-to-day operations of the Clarke County Historical Association, including the Museum, Archives, and Library located onEast Main Streetin Berryville and the Burwell–Morgan Mill in Millwood,Virginia. In addition, she will be responsible for planning and coordinating outreach events and programs for the Association, including the popular semi-annual Art at the Mill shows held each spring and fall, and Heritage Day, a new annual event returning for a second year this November.
Christiansen fills the position formerly held by Jennifer Lee, who is now Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.
Christiansen moved to the area in October and most recently divided her time working for both the Handley Regional Library in Winchester and the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg. Previously, she served as Head Librarian of the Jean Outland Chrysler Library at the Chrysler Museum of Art inNorfolk, Virginia and, before that, as Archivist of the South Carolina Historical Association. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees fromBerryCollegein History and Art History, and Master’s Degrees in Public History and Library Science from theUniversityofSouth Carolina. Christiansen also studied painting conservation in Florence,Italy, before deciding to pursue a career in museums and archives.
CCHA’s search for a new director attracted dozens of candidates from as far away as Kansas. “We were really pleased with the quality of the applicants,” said board president Howard Means, “but once we interviewed Laura, we knew we had found the person we wanted.”
Ms. Christiansen started work on June 18. “I’m excited to get up to speed and get to work.” Christiansen said Monday. “I think this job is a great fit for my experience and interests, and I’m really enjoying my work so far – the CCHA museum and archives have unbelievably rich collections, and the Burwell-Morgan Mill is a treasure.”
Founded in 1939, the Clarke County Historical Association is dedicated to preserving the historical resources and records of Clarke County and fostering their use, enjoyment, and understanding.