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GVS Hires Preservation Advocate

December 18, 2013 by admin in News & Events with 4 Comments
German Village Society is so pleased to introduce Sarah Marsom, hired as Historic Preservation Advocate.
sarahMs. Marsom rose to the top among a pool of highly qualified candidates who applied for the job. The mix of credentials, experience and her dynamic personality make her an excellent fit for the Village’s top educator and advocate on preservation topics.
While the job posting was originally written as a contract position, GVS is able to hire Sarah full-time. She applied for both the preservation job and for the open Assistant for Visitorism job, and she has the skill set to fill both roles. Sarah will take the lead, not only on preservation and commission matters, but also on group tours – all ways we educate and advocate about and forour neighborhood.

Sarah joins us after completing her Masters of Science in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. She said is eager to become a part of the German Village Society and use everything she has learned from her experiences at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Arizona, Old Salem Museum and Gardens in North Carolina, and the Henry Ford Estate in Michigan.

Sarah’s studies and work have focused on preservation education and historic site management, and we expect that experience to contribute to our mission at German Village. After having lived in five states and another country, Sarah looks forward to calling Columbus, Ohio her home.

Sarah starts on January 13 and will be oriented and mentored by former Historic Preservation Officer Jody Graichen.
Hiring Sarah marks delivery on our No. 1 critical need for our nonprofit mission. Our neighborhood remains a dynamic mix of historic and hip, old and urbane, for one basic reason: we know preservation. Successful
fundraising in 2013 allowed us to bring an historic preservation expert into our staffing mix to continue to guide us in national best practices, work with German Village property owners to understand these practices and how they can apply them to keep our Village a gem for all of Columbus.
Thank you to our donors, members, sponsors and partners for helping us bring this vision to reality.


  1. Richard J. LottMarch 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Awesome, candidate to fill this position. I am very thrilled and look forward to meeting you some day as you grow in your Historic Preservation professionalism here in this great community in central Ohio. welcome to GV.

  2. FrankDecember 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    From a fellow EMU alum, congratulations and welcome to Columbus!

  3. Marshall McLennanDecember 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Sarah, This is wonderful news. Make us proud

    In retrospect, one of my disappointments is that I never made the time to travel down to Columbus and see German Village before moving out west.

    Have a great holiday, the go get ’em.


  4. James GardnerDecember 19, 2013 at 11:16 am


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