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New director of historical society likes job

August 21, 1999|By GREG SIMMONS

Melinda "Mindy" Marsden calls her new work running the Washington County Historical Society "the perfect job."

Marsden became the executive director of the nonprofit organization three weeks ago.

"This is a really interesting place. It's a treasure trove," Marsden said.

The historical society owns and operates the Simms B. Jamieson Genealogy Library, the Beaver Creek School Museum and the Miller House Museum on West Washington Street, where the organization is headquartered.

Also, most of the Hager House furnishings belong to the historical society.

Within those buildings, Washington County history is documented in pictures, news clippings and artifacts.

"I think Washington County is the best-kept secret in the state of Maryland," Marsden said.

Marsden succeeds Marjorie S. Peters, who was the society's executive director for 23 years. Peters retired Dec. 31, 1998.

Linda J.M. Chatfield immediately succeeded Peters but was dismissed from the job on Feb. 9.

The relationship "did not work out," historical society President Lee Stine said at the time.

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Peters filled in as director from February until this month.

Marsden graduated from Bucknell University in 1968 with a degree in education and a love of history. She taught elementary school for a few years, but began taking an accounting class with a friend. She said she immediately fell in love with accounting.

In 1985, she received a master's of business administration from Frostburg State University.

She has been a United Way volunteer in the county for 10 years.

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