Vigo County History Center hires new executive director

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County Historical Society announced the hiring this week of a new executive director for the Vigo County History Center.

Marla Flowers, a “long-standing community leader” and current project engineer for Garmong Construction Services, will take over the position. Flowers, who is also a director of community engagement for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, will begin her new role on Aug. 9, Eric Parker, president of the historical society’s board of directors, said.

“We are extremely excited to have Marla in this role and recognize that her management expertise in both the corporate and non-profit world, her fundraising acumen, experience in curating a museum and her passion for the History Center is the combination we need to move us forward following this pandemic,” Parker said.

Flowers said she is looking forward to the new role.

“I am beyond excited for this new journey and am committed to making this state-of-the-art museum a top destination for Terre Haute residents and visitors to our community,” she stated. “The new center is an incredible asset that provides a multitude of interactive opportunities to learn more about our community and how it has been shaped by the past.”

Flowers will begin her work at the history center on a part-time basis in order to wrap up duties at Garmong related to her work on the Terre Haute Convention Center project. She will move into the full-time role as the executive director of the History Center sometime in September. Former executive directors Marylee Hagan and Susan Tingley have agreed to assist during this transition.

“To be honest, walking through the museum feels like coming home. I am so excited about this opportunity,” she said.

The Vigo County History Center is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $4 for youth, $6 for seniors and $7 for adults.

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