Joan M. Zenzen, Ph.D.
Independent Historian

Frieda's Cottage

Volunteer Work related to History and Historic Preservation

President, Board of Directors, Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation (a local nonprofit organization with an annual budget of about $180,000), 2006-2010; Director 2002-2010; volunteer for various committees 1998-present

As President of the Board:  ensured a smooth transition from the longtime executive director to a newly hired one; met directly with members to address concerns and answer questions about the change; completed a strategic planning exercise and implemented the new plan; directly raised $40,000 in donations; appeared before the Mayor and Council at televised sessions twice a year to summarize the work of the organization and ask for funding; ensured that the Board of Directors obtained and used fundraising training from the Maryland Association for Nonprofit Organizations; served as facilitator for a Recent Past Symposium co-sponsored by Peerless Rockville, the City of Rockville, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and local, county, and state preservation organizations; participated in setting new policies on fundraising, collections, and employee benefits and expectations

As a volunteer for Peerless Rockville:  (2011) Spoke on behalf of historic district designation for Glenview Mansion and its grounds at Mayor and Council and Planning Commission meetings, reviewing the concepts of environmental setting and protection versus recognition with local and national designation; (2004-2005) conducted four oral history interviews with former students and teachers who went from segregated to integrated schools in Rockville, MD, and participated in all aspects of the planning for a traveling exhibit “Rockville on the Road to Brown:  Schooling Our Children from Segregation to Integration;” (2003-2006) served as Collections Committee chair, guiding fellow members in developing policy and ensuring safety and usage of collections, helping create short-term exhibits (on the history of libraries in Rockville and veterans) for the Rockville Regional Library; (2002-2006) Committee chair, Educational Programming, developed various lecture series and other events on history of Rockville; (2000-2001) created a Guide to Resources on documentary collections held by Peerless Rockville; (1998-1999) served on 25th Anniversary Gala committee and helped plan the celebration


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Contact Information: Joan M. Zenzen, Rockville, Maryland  301-610-7706