SUBMITTED — The city of Fairhope announces the hiring of Alan Samry as the Director of the Fairhope Museum of History.
“Our Museum is a treasure, and I am certain that under Alan’s leadership we will be able to preserve and present even more of Fairhope’s history,” said Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson. “I look forward to seeing the ideas, innovation and programming he will bring to the table to make us the best we can be.”
Samry, who has worked at the Fairhope Public Library since 2007, previously served the Museum as a volunteer and board member. He also has experience working with the Baldwin County Department of Archives and History.
“I loved being the go-to person at the library for Fairhope history,” Samry said. “Moving across Bancroft Street to the museum is a natural progression and a new challenge. It’s a whole new collection to learn, but a great opportunity to serve the community of Fairhope.”
Samry attained a degree in history from the University of South Alabama, a Master’s of Fine Art in Creative Writing at Spalding University in Kentucky and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. In addition, he has performed extensive research and writing on Clay City Tile, the Fairhope librarians and historical analysis on several buildings.
The author of “Stump the Librarian: A writer’s book of legs,” Samry is interested in promoting the literary history of Fairhope.
“I’m so excited to share the Fairhope stories I’ve discovered, but I’m looking forward to learning so much more about the city’s past,” said Samry. “I know many of the docents at the museum and they love sharing Fairhope’s history as much as I do. For me, Fairhope history never gets old.”
Samry and his wife Susan, a second-grade teacher at Daphne East Elementary, live in Fairhope.
About the Fairhope Museum of History
Located in the historic circa-1928 Spanish mission-style former City Hall at 24 N. Section Street, the Museum features permanent exhibits of Fairhope’s unique history while the facility’s mezzanine gallery has been used for large changing exhibits.
The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 251-929-1471.
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