Dr. Peggy MacDonald, who received her PhD in history at UF in 2010, on Monday February 23, 2015, assumed the position of executive director of the Matheson Museum in Gainesville, Florida. The museum’s board of directors offered her the appointment last month. Founded in 1994, the Matheson is an important institution locally and statewide, and Dr. MacDonald has a vision for its future. She has kindly shared her thoughts with us.
“This is an exciting time to join the Matheson. The museum has grown significantly in recent years and has acquired the building that was previously occupied by the Melting Pot restaurant on East University Avenue. As executive director, I will implement the museum’s mission to preserve and interpret the history of Gainesville and Alachua County, which of course includes the history of the University of Florida.
“The board of directors liked some of the ideas I shared with them about potential new directions for the museum, including partnering with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program to increase oral history interviewing in the community; expanding the Matheson’s social media presence; taking local history programs to area schools; starting a weekly radio show featuring Gainesville and Alachua County history; and reaching out to a variety of community groups to design innovative public programming. In addition, I look forward to talking with Elizabeth Dale and other members of the UF history department to discuss future internships for graduate students interested in public history.”
Dr. MacDonald with Dr. Mark Barrow, a founder of the museum and its hardest working patron