Jennifer Hurst-Wender joined Preservation Virginia in August of 2008 and served as the Statewide Education Coordinator until 2011 when she became the Associate Director of Museum Operations and Education and in 2013 was named Director of Museum Operations and Education. She is responsible for the interpretation, preservation and general operational details of Preservation Virginia’s portfolio of 9 properties, 6 of which are open to the public. They include Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, the John Marshall House, Bacon’s Castle, Smith’s Fort, Jamestowne and Cape Henry Lighthouse.

Jennifer previously served as the education and special events coordinator the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the WWII Battleship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin.

With a BA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of the Arts she has also worked with The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Atwater-Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, the UPenn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, the Mutter Museum, the Betsy Ross House, and the Independence Seaport Museum, and Richmond’s Virginia House and Agecroft Hall.

A lifelong Virginian, raised in Gloucester County, she currently resides on the outskirts of Richmond in an old farm house with her husband, dogs, chickens and a big vegetable garden. In her free time she is a ceramics artist and an avid rock climber.
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