The Old Baldy Foundation Collections Coordinator McAllie Givens takes the next step in her career by accepting the position of Collections Management Technician at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia! McAllie has served the Old Baldy Foundation since 2019. Although we are sad to see her depart, we are eager to watch her career flourish as she begins working at such an admired institution.
In 2019 McAllie joined our team after receiving a master's degree in public history from UNCW. From the start of her time at Old Baldy, it was apparent that she possessed a wealth of knowledge in caring for a museum's archival collection. Due to the work McAllie has done professionalizing and caring for our collection of artifacts, objects, photographs, and more, we are able to utilize these materials as educational tools on the rich maritime history of our island! As the Old Baldy Foundation continues to grow, the framework and organizational tools McAllie has implemented in our collections policy will play an integral role as we accession new artifacts and properly care for these historical treasures for generations to come.
As with all staff goodbyes, McAllie will be missed by the Old Baldy team and the community that supports our work. However, we are humbled to continue seeing our team members accept positions at such esteemed organizations. The Mariners' Museum is home to over one million pieces of archival materials, making it the most extensive maritime library in the Western Hemisphere, including a first order Fresnel lens from Cape Charles Lighthouse. Please join us in congratulating McAllie on an exciting new opportunity and thanking her for her service at Old Baldy!