Staff Spotlight- Magen Wilson, Executive Director


Staff Spotlight- Magen Wilson, Executive Director 2

Intro Letter from the Executive Director

The 2022 calendar year is in full swing, and we have some exciting events happening throughout the entire year we can’t wait to share with you! As we begin to see a return to normality since the onset of the pandemic, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your continued support. Without you – our members, volunteers and donors – we would not have been able to make the great strides we have made in 2021 and continue to make in 2022. Thank you for continuing to help the St. Augustine Historical Society to acquire, preserve, and interpret the historical resources of St. Augustine and its sphere of influence for the benefit of the public. It is because of you that we have been making history accessible since 1883!

Magen Wilson, Executive Director

Education: MA in History with a focus on Public History

How did you get started at SAHS?: I started as an intern working on the “Five Centuries of Our Coast” map exhibit in 2009 and then joined the staff as Director of Operations under my predecessor, Dr. Susan Parker. I have served as executive director since 2016.

What projects are you working on?: I am currently researching for a collaborative project  between the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, the St. Augustine Historical Society, and Crisp-Ellert Art Museum  titled Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood. The exhibition and accompanying speaker panel will open on April 1st and run throughout the entire month.

What projects are you looking forward to?: Magic, Mirth, and Mortality and all projects that allow me to research and learn more about St. Augustine history. This is my passion and hands down my favorite part of the job. I also look forward to celebrating the Friends of Fish Island with the Herschel Shepard Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in the spring.

What do you like about working at the SAHS?: So much. I come to work every day in the most beautiful of spaces, surrounded by such rich history. The staff all share the same passion for St. Augustine history which creates an exciting environment as well. And the fact that history isn’t static. We are always learning new information and incorporating it into a greater understanding of our past.