Ann Berry Appointed Historic Jamestowne Administrator
RICHMOND, VA – APVA Preservation Virginia has appointed Ann Berry as the Historic Jamestowne Administrator. The newly established position will help to centralize operations at Historic Jamestowne®--America's Birthplace and raise visibility of the organization's efforts at the site.
Elizabeth Kostelny, Executive Director of APVA Preservation Virginia, said Ms. Berry was selected after a nationwide search because of her "demonstrated experience in museum operations and ability to bring sustainability to our programs at Historic Jamestowne."
For the past several years, Ms. Berry has represented the APVA on committees associated with planning and implementing the new development plan for education and exhibition facilities and interpretation of Historic Jamestowne--America's Birthplace. She also has managed the volunteer program, the annual lecture series, and special events at Historic Jamestowne. In addition, she has served on community committees to plan and coordinate the programming between the Historic Triangle sites.
Ann Berry, Historic Jamestowne Administrator
With more than twenty years of museum management experience, Ms. Berry began her career with the APVA in 1991 as the Curator of Education and most recently served as the Program Coordinator at Historic Jamestowne. Before joining the APVA, Ms. Berry was responsible for professional programming at the Virginia Association of Museums and prior to that was Curator of Education at the Museum of the Confederacy. She has an M.A. degree in Museum Education and a B.A. in Colonial American Studies, both from the College of William and Mary.
Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the APVA and the National Park Service--a partnership for almost seventy-five years. In 1994, the APVA launched a public archaeological research project to find and study the remains of 1607 James Fort. APVA archaeologists have discovered more than eighty percent of the archeological remains of the Fort, long believed to have been lost to erosion caused by the James River, and more than a million artifacts related to the early seventeenth-century colony. Founded in 1889 to save important historic landmarks in Virginia, including Jamestown, APVA Preservation Virginia is the oldest active statewide preservation organization in the United States and has preserved and interpreted Historic Jamestowne since 1893.