George Wunderlich Is New Director At National
Museum of Civil War Medicine
FREDERICK, Md. - George C. Wunderlich,
been director of education at the National Museum of Civil
Medicine since October 2000, became executive director effective
15. He suc-ceeded JaNeen Smith, the executive director since
September 1996, who retired.
Smith said: "George is well liked by the staff and volunteers,
possesses an abundance of energy, dedication, and intelligence,
has proven himself to be an extremely valuable asset to this
organization during his tenure with the museum. His background
public history is extensive and I firmly believe he has the
lead this institution successfully."
Wunderlich has bachelor and master of arts degrees
in history. Before
joining the museum he was director of The Missouri Historical
Education Center that he founded in 1994 to provide high-quality
living history programs to schools, parks and organizations.
Between 1989 and 1996, Wunderlich assisted in
the development of
programs interpreting the militia movement history in St. Louis
the decade before the Civil War for the Jefferson National
Memorial of the National Park Service. For the St. Louis County
and Recreation Departments he assisted in developing programs
Missouri militia from 1858, building restoration, 19th-century
musical instrument making and music, American Revolution, 1812
militia, 19th-century farming and Civil War medicine.
In addition to working at the NMCWM, Wunderlich
has been an historian with The History Center Inc., a private
501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the interpretation of American
history, culture, music and industry from the years 1775 to
is on the adjunct faculty of Frederick Community College for
developed several lecture-based courses on American Civil War
subjects. The Daughters of the American Revolution have given
him two awards.
Wunderlich is also the owner of The Wunder Banjo
Company that he
founded in 1992 to make museum-quality reproduction banjos
years 1790 to 1870. In 1997, artifact conservation, development
research databases and museum exhibit consultation was added
JaNeen will be a hard act to follow," said Wunderlich. "In just six
years under her direction, the NMCWM has grown from a dream to a
nationally respected institution exceeding professional standards in
absolutely record time."
He pledged to "work diligently to not only maintain the museum's
current quality and level of programming, but to improve and expand
upon all operations as resources permit."