Jennifer Legates Is New Director At Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Friday, August 01, 2014
Jennifer Legates
Jennifer Legates
Jennifer Legates has been named as the new director at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. is welcoming new director, Jennifer Legates. 

Ms. Legates, who is originally from Delaware, has worked in museums for more than 20 years and helped open three new museums.

Most recently,, she worked with the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum that opened July 1, 2013 as the main attraction for Gettysburg's 150th activities. Prior to that, she helped open the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Ga., establishing education/public activities during her seven-year tenure.  

"I've also served as deputy director for an 865-acre, outdoor living history museum in Maryland overseeing some 50 employees," Ms.
Legates said. "I'm looking forward to pairing my background in informal education facilities with the beautiful resources of Reflection Riding. I was attracted to Reflection Riding because it has a unique combination of nature and heritage in such a vibrant community. I look forward to meeting supporters and the community to better understand how Reflection Riding can better serve its constituents. As we look to expand the resources of Reflection Riding, I'll be focusing on team efforts to expand public programming, marketing, and fundraising. Natural beauty combined with heritage presents so many interesting possibilities!

Her past professions include director of operation and education for the Seminary Ridge Museum Gettyburg, an adjunct professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a deputy director for Historic St. Mary's City, the director of curriculum and educational initiatives of Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. 

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