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The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation recently welcomed Mark Howell and Pam Pettengell to new director positions within the organization.
Howell has joined the team as the newly-created director of education, one of two new positions in the foundation’s Museum Operations and Education Division. He previously managed special projects for the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy, as well as education programs at the Library of Virginia and the American Civil War Center.
Howell also boasts an extensive background in museums. As a principal at Howell Consulting, he worked at numerous sites 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 served as director of program development.
In his new capacity, Howell will direct historical interpretation at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, the latter of which is transitioning in October to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. He will head up educational programs at both museums as well as direct on-site and outreach-based education initiatives.
Pettengell, the director of outreach education and special services with JYF for the past 12 years, is now the organization’s new director of programs and partnerships. Before joining JYF in 2004, Pettengell worked for a year as interim executive director of the Association for Volunteer Administration and spent two decades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in positions ranging from historical interpreter to senior director of Historic Area support operations.
As the director of programs and partnerships, 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.”