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Key Staff

 

Richard Banz, D.Ed.

Executive Director

Dr. Richard Banz serves as the Executive Director of the Southern Museum and the Kennesaw Museum Foundation.  He holds a Doctorate in adult education from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s degree in social science education from Towson State University. Prior to the Southern Museum, Dr. Banz held positions at the York College of Pennsylvania, York County Heritage Trust, and Baltimore Museum of Industry. He is also a past president of the Alliance of Pennsylvania County Historical Societies. Dr. Banz has had several works published, including Adult Education in Cultural Institutions: Libraries, Museums, Parks, and Zoos (Handbook of Adult Education), Self-Directed Learning: Implications for Museums (Journal of Museum Education) and Transportation in York County Before the Automobile (York County Heritage Trust).

Jeffrey Richardson

Director of Operations

Mr. Jeffrey Richardson is the Director of Operations at the Southern Museum. He is responsible for planning, managing, and directing daily museum operations. Richardson received undergraduate degrees in business administration and history from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in history from Georgia Southern University. He previously served as curator of exhibits for the Farmington Museum System in New Mexico and the curator of western history, popular culture, and firearms at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Richardson has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous television programs and has published books and articles on a variety of historical topics, including Colt: The Revolver of the American West and Howard Hughes and the Creation of Modern Hollywood.

Dustin Klein

Archivist

Mr. Dustin Klein is the Archivist at the Southern Museum. Mr. Klein oversees the preservation and security of the Southern Museum’s archival collections. He also assists researchers with a variety of requests pertaining to the collections. He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Georgia in 2012. Mr. Klein worked as a graduate research assistant on the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail at the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia, where he is currently working on his Master’s degree in history, with a concentration in public history and the American South.

Ben Baughman

Curator

Mr. Ben Baughman is the Curator at the Southern Museum and oversees the museum’s collections and exhibitions. He received a B.A. in History from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and an M.A. in Public History from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Prior to working at the Southern Museum, Mr. Baughman served as the Senior Curator of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Macon, Georgia, and as Historic House Manager at the Augusta Museum of History in Augusta, Georgia.

Ruth Lonvick

Early Childhood Educator

Ms. Ruth Lonvick is the Early Childhood Educator for the Southern Museum, where she oversees Mommy & Me and other educational programs.  Ms. Lonvick attended Augsburg College, where she earned a degree in history.  She also attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her Master's of museum education.  Ms. Lonvick has previously worked at Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE and the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, MN.  Her publications include “Growing History: A Study of Children’s Meaning Making in Historic House Gardens.”