Flowers appointed Executive Director of the History Center | Local News


The Vigo County Historical Society on Thursday appointed longtime community leader Marla Flowers as the new executive director of the Vigo County History Center.

Marla Flowers, currently a project engineer for Garmong Construction Services and director of community engagement for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, will take up her new role on August 9, said Eric Parker, chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Flowers said she looks forward to the new role.

“I am more than delighted with this new journey and I am committed to making this state-of-the-art museum a destination of choice for residents of Terre Haute and visitors to our community. The new center is an incredible asset that provides a wealth of interactive opportunities to learn more about our community and how it has been shaped in the past, ”said Flowers.

Flowers will begin her work at the History Center part-time in order to complete tasks at Garmong related to her work on the Terre Haute Convention Center project. She will assume the full-time position of Executive Director of the History Center in September.

Former CEOs Marylee Hagan and Susan Tingley have agreed to help during this transition.

Flowers is not a newcomer to historical society or the history center. She is a former board chair of the Vigo County Historical Society and was heavily involved in the renovation of the centre’s new site at 929 Wabash Avenue in the historic Ehrmann building.

“To be honest, walking around the museum is like coming home. I am so excited for this opportunity, ”she said.

Flowers added that assets such as the History Center play an important role in improving the quality of life in the community, which Flowers knows firsthand due to her work in the chamber to help develop the community plan “See you soon in Terre Haute 2025”. “

Prior to joining Garmong and the House, Flowers worked for Hulman & Company in a variety of roles for 37 years. His responsibilities included managing a $ 40 million real estate portfolio that ranged from oil and lumber production to retail malls and rental properties. She also oversaw contract negotiations, budgeting, personnel management and the development of long-term operational strategies.

Earlier in her career at Hulman & Company / Clabber Girl, she led the renovation of a 40,000 square foot warehouse into a public event center, museum and bakery.

Raising funds to cover the costs of the massive renovation that was required to create the center will be Flowers’ first priority, along with increasing attendance and creating other sources of income, regularly redesigning the exhibits. of the museum to encourage loyal visitors and awareness of the museum through marketing and public relations.

“This is a first-class museum with high quality exhibits and programs showcasing our extensive collection of unique and distinctive items related to the history of Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. To maintain that, we need to make sure that we have a plan in place that provides the resources to operate a facility of this level, ”said Flowers. She added that the History Center’s revenues have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know it will be a challenge given today’s environment, but I also know that this community always comes together to support the things that are important. I am confident that the future of the History Center is bright and that the support we need will be realized, ”said Flowers.

Flowers’ community service work is extensive and includes roles as chair of the board of directors of Terre Haute Chamber, co-chair of the region’s Centraide campaign, champion (best fundraiser) of CHANCES for Youth’s Dancing with the Stars, as a member of the board of directors of United Way of Wabash Valley, Indiana United Way and Miracle on 7th Street, and as a member of the finance committee of the Union Hospital. She was a member of the First Cohort of the Wabash Valley Leadership Institute and received the Athena Award, the Junior Achievement Award Wabash Valley Business Person of the Year and as a Wabash Valley Women of Influence.

The Vigo County History Center is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $ 4 for youth, $ 6 for seniors, and $ 7 for adults.


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