Museum of Culpeper History names new executive director

Morgan Pierce


The Museum of Culpeper History named Morgan Pierce as its next executive director Wednesday.

Pierce succeeds Lee Langston-Harrison who left to become Executive Director of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum in January.

Pierce had previously served as the chief curator of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses since 2013 and was responsible for the collections, interpretation, and preservation of these nineteenth-century National Historic Landmark properties. The historic houses earned accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums signifying its adherence to established standards and best practices in the museum field.

Though most recently of New Orleans, Pierce is a native of Clarke County, Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from James Madison University in Harrisonburg and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management from George Mason University in Fairfax.

Prior to his time in New Orleans Morgan served as the Curator of Collections and Registrar of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester for five years where he oversaw the collections and exhibitions department. Additionally he has completed curatorial training programs with The Attingham Trust in England, The Victorian Society in America, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. He also serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums Museum Assessment Program and the Institute for Museum and Library Services Museums for America grant program.

Pierce’s interest in Virginia history and decorative arts, as well as American military history, will greatly enhance the Museum’s collections and exhibition program. While adhering to the mission of the MCH his work will seek to enhance the position of the Museum among the local community, improve fundraising efforts for long-term success, and continue the excellent progress made to become “the best small community museum in Virginia.”

“Morgan really impressed the Board during the selection process and we could not be more thrilled that he will be joining us as our next Executive Director,” said Diane Morris, President of the Board of Trustees for the Museum.

He will begin work at the MCH at the end of April and is excited to join the Culpeper community and experience the vibrancy of downtown. All are welcomed to stop in for a visit and say hello as he settles into the Museum. He and his family reside in Charlottesville.


For more information about the MCH please visit or visit the Museum located at the historic Culpeper Train Depot Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.