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Culpeper Times • April 27-May 3, 2017 IN THE NEWS

Museum of Culpeper History names new Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Culpeper History (MCH) is pleased to announce Morgan Pierce as the Museum’s next executive director. He succeeds Lee LangstonHarrison who left to become Executive Director of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in January. Morgan had previously served as the chief curator of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses since 2013 and was responsible for the collections, interpretation, and preservation Morgan Pierce of these 19th. century National Historic Landmark properties. The historic houses earned accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums signifying its adherence to established standards and best practices in the museum field. Though most recently of New Orleans, Morgan is a native of Clarke County, Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from James Madison University in Harrisonburg and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management from George Mason University in Fairfax. Prior to his time in New Orleans Morgan served as the Curator of Collections and Registrar of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester for five years where he oversaw the collections and exhibitions department. Additionally Morgan has completed curatorial training programs with The Attingham Trust in England, The Victorian Society in America, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Morgan’s interest in Virginia history and decorative arts, as well as American military history, will greatly enhance the Museum’s collections and exhibition program. While adhering to the mission of the MCH his work will seek to enhance the position of the Museum among the local community, improve fundraising efforts for long-term success, and continue the excellent progress made to become “the best small community museum in


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Virginia.” “Morgan really impressed the Board during the selection process and we could not be more thrilled that he will be joining us as our next Executive Director,” said Diane Morris, President of the Board of Trustees for the Museum. Morgan will begin work at the MCH at the end of April and is excited to join the Culpeper community and experience the vibrancy of downtown. He and his family reside in Charlottesville. For more information about the MCH please visit www. or visit the Museum located at the historic Culpeper Train Depot Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Museum of Culpeper History, 113 S. Commerce St., Culpeper, VA 22701,(540) 829-1749. History buffs wanted Interested in history? If so, become a volunteer at the Museum of Culpeper History! We are searching for dedicated individuals who can donate a few hours as a front-line greeter/guide. Some weekend work required. Training provided. Make a difference in your own community and help visitors discover Culpeper. Call Gloria Cooper for information at 540-8291749

Waterloo Bridge update



Spring is a time when new life bursts forth just about everywhere. We are especially fortunate to live in an area of almost unequaled beauty at this time of year. We have flowering trees and bushes along with flowers and grasses and even weeds that bloom and enhance our environment. You all know that in addition to this Snapshot, I have two other picture publications that I call, Faces of Culpeper. This year I wanted to find a person to add to the flowers and be the face that represented spring in Culpeper. One day as I exited Merchant Tire I saw three women deep in conversation. One of them was Jessica Sealey and I decided she was the face I wanted. She was a good choice.. ➤ Check out Rich’s blog at and Faces of Culpeper on Facebook

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) closed Waterloo Bridge in January 2014 because of its deteriorating condition. Spanning Culpeper and Fauquier Counties discussions between the two counties and VDOT came to a standstill. Estimated repairs come in at around $4 million, a cost that could be shared or not. It’s on the list of “Virginia’s Most Endangered Historical Sites.” At the time of its closing, public sentiment was favorable for saving the wrought iron truss bridge first erected in 1878 and later renovated in the early 1900s. VDOT will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, May 17, at the Warrenton Community Center located at 430 East Shirley Avenue to discuss the future of the bridge that crosses the Rappahannock River connecting Culpeper and Fauquier Counties near Waterloo Road (Route 613).

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April 27th, 2017 -- Culpeper Times  

April 27th, 2017 -- Culpeper Times