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SGHS Welcomes a New President – Perry Mathewes

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Perry Mathewes, President (Virginia)

Perry Mathewes is the deputy director, museum operations and director of gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. He oversees the stewardship the museum facilities, historic structures, seven acres of formal gardens and almost 500 acres of grounds including a historic Civil War battlefield. Perry has more than 30 years of experience in the museum and public garden field. Previously he was education program manager and interim director of education and communications for Norfolk Botanical Garden. He also served as landscape superintendent/curator of gardens at the 25-acre Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, North Carolina. He was exhibitions consultant for the Museum of the Southeast, Midland, Texas, and assistant manager of the Virginia Historical Society’s Virginia House in Richmond.

Mathewes joined SGHS in 1997. He served as co-chair for the annual meeting at Tryon Palace, in New Bern, NC in 2001. He was nominated to the board of SGHS in 2013.

A native of Cullowhee, NC, he studied at the Université Paul Valery in France and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Davidson College in North Carolina. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Winchester, Virginia.

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