WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 23, 2016 – Bringing extensive experience in museum education programming, Mark Howell of Williamsburg has joined the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as director of education, one of two new positions in the Foundation’s Museum Operations and Education Division led by Senior Director Peter Armstrong. Pam Pettengell of Williamsburg, director of outreach education and special services for the past 12 years, is now director of programs and partnerships.
Howell will direct historical interpretation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center (transitioning in October to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown), educational programs at both museums, and on-site and outreach curriculum-based education programs. Pettengell will direct planning and implementation of programs and partnerships related to special exhibits, conferences, publications and distance learning, oversee the Foundation’s customer research program, and serve as a liaison to other organizations.
“To truly appreciate the United States today, it’s essential to understand how it got started, both as a colony and as a new nation,” Howell said. “I’m honored to help lead the work of the historical interpreters and educators at Jamestown Settlement and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in making history relevant to our lives today.”
Howell previously managed special projects for the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy and education programs at the Library of Virginia and the American Civil War Center in Richmond. As a principal at Howell Consulting, he worked with numerous museums, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Historic Hudson Valley and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Howell began his museum career at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he ultimately served as director of program development. He holds a master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William and Mary and a certificate from the Seminar for Historical Administration.
Before coming to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in 2004, Pettengell worked for a year as interim executive director of the Association for Volunteer Administration and for two decades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in positions ranging from historical interpreter to senior director of Historic Area support operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida, completed graduate studies in museum education at the College of William and Mary, and holds an Advanced Human Resources Certificate from the Society for Human Resource Management.
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