The Maryland Historical Trust is pleased to welcome Marieka Arksey as the new Assistant Director of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM). As chief of operations, Marieka will manage JPPM’s capital programs, develop projects that ensure optimal use of JPPM buildings and grounds, participate in the long-term goal setting and strategic planning for the park as a whole, and assist with the development of onsite exhibits, educational programming, and offsite outreach initiatives.
Marieka’s love of historic and archaeological sites stems from an early introduction to ancient history through her father’s storytelling of Viking sagas, many family visits to museums and heritage parks, and a trip to Greece at the age of 3 where her most repeated phrase was “More broken buildings!” Marieka holds a B.Sc. in Archaeological Science from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Arts, Histories, and Cultures from the University of Manchester, and a Ph.D. in World Cultures from the University of California, Merced. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in South Africa, Haiti, Belize, and the United States. Her interest in bringing museum collections to a wider audience led her to work at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the British Museum in London, as well as with numerous small museums in California where she focused on digitization, database development, and developing linked open data repositories.
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Marieka has long been familiar with the other side of American history in the 1800s! She is excited to be now be immersed in this area of the United States and looks forward to continuing to promote community engagement in historic preservation, while developing new means of engaging a wider audience of researchers, educators, and the public at JPPM.