Friday, July 8, 2011

July Meeting

July Meeting

When: Thursday July 14, between Noon and 2:00 pm*

Guest Speaker: J. Lance Mallamo, Director, Office of Historic Alexandria (See below For bio)

Subject: Alexandria, Virginia in the Civil War

Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW. Washington, DC 20036

NOTE: Valid ID required

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

RSVP by noon on July 13, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Attire: Business casual

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW

*The main part of the meeting, including lunch, and the presentation by the guest speaker, will take place between noon and 1:15 pm. You are welcome to remain until the close of the meeting at 2:00 pm.

Lance Mallamo is the director of the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), the department of the City of Alexandria that is responsible for the stewardship and promotion of the historic City through the preservation of the City's historic and archaeological sites, artifacts and records, museum system, and for the use of these resources in accordance with professional standards of scholarship and museum procedures.

OHA is charged with providing heritage programs to enhance the quality of Alexandria's urban environment for visitors and residents by building a sense of community identity and continuity, preserving the historic cultural diversity of the City, and contributing to the City's national and international reputation. These programs bring people and business to Alexandria by making the City an attractive location for leisure activities, conventions, offices and businesses.

The OHA Administration Section sets priorities for the department to encourage a professional, well-developed publications program, concern for preservation and care of all historic sites, museums and collections, and the development of a quality exhibition program. Other responsibilities of this section include: budget oversight; financial analysis; assistance in personnel issues; and the administration of the Historic Preservation and Open Space Easement Program in cooperation with the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission. The Administration Section also provides staff support for the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Public Records Advisory Commission, the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission and the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.

From 1998-2007 Mr. Mallamo was the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York, the former country estate of William K. Vanderbilt II, now Long Island’s largest general museum. Before that he was Director of Cultural and Historic Services for the Suffolk County (New York) Department of Parks, the largest local park system in the United States, where he administered over 200 historic buildings and sites.

Mr. Mallamo holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he was awarded the James Felt Fellowship. He is also an honors graduate, with a major in History, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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