Mucci named Director of Historic Properties

Naomi Gerakios Mucci, Curator of Collections for Heritage Village Park and Museum in Largo, Florida, has been named Director of Historic Properties for Clemson University. As director, she will provide leadership, oversight and vision for Clemson’s historic properties, which include Fort Hill, Hanover House and Hopewell Plantation.

Mucci served for seven years at Heritage Village, which is an open-air historical village and museum featuring restored homes and buildings dating back to the mid-to late-19th century. In her role there, she managed the museum’s artifact collection, created and curated a variety of exhibits, delivered lectures and public presentations, supervised volunteers, engaged in donor relations and wrote collections management policies as well as disaster response plans.

Prior to that, she served as Curator of Collections at the Estes Park Museum in Estes Park, Colorado. She previously held a variety of positions in several museums in Colorado, including the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University, and the Colorado State University Art Museum. Mucci earned a Bachelor of Science in Public History from East Carolina University, and a Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in Museum Studies from Colorado State University.

“Naomi brings incredible credentials, expertise and experience to this position. She has managed collections and historic properties in both Colorado and Florida for years, and is an outstanding academic and researcher,” said Clemson University Historian Otis Pickett. “She also has an incredible excitement and passion that she brought to bear in the research she did on our properties and the excellent presentation she gave during her campus interview. She has a great vision for our historic properties, and we are so excited that she is coming to Clemson.”

“I am looking forward to engaging with our local community partners and building meaningful connections with students, faculty and staff, and well as the wider community outside of Clemson,” Mucci said. “In addition to this, I cannot wait to develop innovative and meaningful ways to interpret the significant history associated with all of Clemson’s historic properties.”

Mucci will begin her new role on August 1.