Iowa Historical Foundation names Pritchard new director

For immediate release October 20, 2006

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Historical Foundation today announced it has named Sarah Pritchard as director.

An Iowa native, Pritchard is a 1999 graduate of the University of Iowa with a major in communication studies and a minor in journalism. Her first professional fundraising position was with the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, which entailed sponsorship and “Friends” solicitation from businesses and individuals. She worked for the Festival for two years before moving back to her hometown in the Quad Cities and becoming a consultant for Braren Mulder German Associates, Inc., a full-service nonprofit consulting firm. She recently moved to the Des Moines area with her husband, Lynn.

“The State Historical Society of Iowa is a key cultural and educational entity for the entire state,” Pritchard said. “Families, schools and visitors can visit the State Historical Building or any of the state’s historic sites for free or attend one of our free or low-cost programs to learn more about Iowa history and its impact on our current world. Because many or most of our activities are free or very low-cost, we need additional funding to continue our good work. It is my goal to heighten the level of support for the Iowa Historical Foundation and the State Historical Society of Iowa.”

Pritchard is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Junior League of Des Moines and PEO. She’s working toward her Certified Fundraising Professional certification which she hopes to achieve by August 2007.

The Iowa Historical Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that supports the State Historical Society of Iowa through membership and fundraising efforts.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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