Durham County

Board names new executive director for Museum of Durham History

The Museum of Durham History has given its interim director Patrick Mucklow a permanent position leading the organization.
The Museum of Durham History has given its interim director Patrick Mucklow a permanent position leading the organization. File photo

An experienced business and marketing professional will continue to lead the Museum of Durham History into its future, the organization announced Friday.

Patrick Mucklow has served as the museum’s interim executive director since April, in addition to maintaining his role as the museum’s director of operations and marketing. On Friday, he assumed his new position full time, directing museum programs, personnel and fundraising. He will continue to work in collaboration with the museum’s 22-member board of directors.

Mucklow said his first priority is hiring a new director of operations.

“It is clear that Patrick has an excellent understanding of the museum’s mission and place in the Durham community,” board Chairman Carlton Wilson said. “Patrick knows the museum’s operations and has an excellent relationship with volunteers and our community partners. His administrative strengths were essential to seamless operations and continued engaging exhibits during the leadership transition period.”

Mucklow arrived at the Durham museum in 2014, previously working in public relations and marketing for the National Archives Foundation in Washington, D.C. At the National Archives, he also was the foundation’s press liaison for prominent and diverse national exhibit campaigns.

Mucklow also brings experience in business plan development, consumer relations, sales, budgeting and revenue maximization, managing vendors and facility management, as an owner and partner since 2009 of the Dodge City bar in Washington, D.C.

“My commitment to MoDH and passion for Durham is stronger than ever,” Mucklow said. “I look forward to leading efforts that will continue to grow the museum into a cultural anchor of the community. I’m well-prepared to guide the museum into the future and continue the high standard of excellence of our programming.

The Museum of Durham History opened its History Hub – in a vacant downtown bus station – in October 2013 to preserve the stories of local people, places and things, and to foster curiosity and understanding of Durham’s diverse perspectives.

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Cookies and cider

The Museum of Durham History is inviting shoppers, workers, neighbors and visitors to stop by its downtown History Hub this month and warm up with free hot cider and homemade cookies – some made using vintage recipes.

Exhibits at the History Hub, located at 500 W. Main St., include “Don’t Quit: The Nello Teer Sr. Story” and “Durham Beginnings: 1865-1885.” A new exhibit – “The Woman Who Made Snow” will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, focused on local entrepreneur Anna Exum Snow and her building at 331 West Main Street.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.