111 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Matthew Logan, Executive Director
Matt assumed his current position as Executive Director in November 2014. Throughout his career as an executive, he has built the capacity and effectiveness of small nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC metro area. Beginning in 1998, he led Potomac Conservancy, a regional conservation group, through a period of rapid and sustained growth. He later founded and served as the first president of the C&O Canal Trust, an official partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. With the Trust, he developed a series of successful programs, most notably Canal Quarters, which was recognized by the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation with its Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.
Matt co-founded Potomac Riverkeeper, where he served as chairman of the Board of Directors and later as president. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Rock Creek Conservancy, and Acorn Hill School.
Matthew holds Master’s degrees in environment/land use planning and United States history. He lives with his son and daughter in Kensington, Maryland.
Sarah Hedlund, Archivist and Librarian
Sarah Hedlund holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland with a specialization in archives and digital curation. She joined the staff at Montgomery History in the fall of 2016 as Archivist for the Montgomery County Archives, later adding the title of Librarian and Archivist for the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections in 2017. She has worked as a contract archivist for Ellis Conservation and the Town of Glen Echo, and before that worked as a graduate assistant archivist for the University of Maryland’s Special Collections and University Archives. In 2016, she was awarded an Archival Internship for the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, working at the Archives Center in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Previously, acting as both archivist and researcher, she authored a 75th-anniversary commemorative history of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in Kalamazoo, MI. Sarah moved to Rockville, Maryland in 2015, having worked there for 20 years as a professional violinist and music teacher.
Elizabeth Lay, Curator
Elizabeth first began working for the Historical Society as a guest curator for “A Walk Down the Aisle,” wedding gown exhibition at the Kentlands Mansion in February 2015. She received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-GMU, with a concentration in American Textiles, and minor in Twentieth-Century American Furniture. Lay has a long history in textiles which includes a license agreement with the Victoria and Albert Museum for textile design and internships with Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the U.S Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the Fashion Museum in Bath, UK. She is also an instructor at The Smithsonian Associates. Elizabeth combines her curatorial experience with 10 years in arts management which included her time as the Executive Director for the City of Gaithersburg Council for the Arts.
Laura Riese, Museum Shop and Office Manager
Laura joined Montgomery History as the Museum Shop and Office Manager in May of 2015. With 11 plus years in office management and accounting in the insurance industry and team management volunteer experience at Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School, Laura was ready for the challenge of nonprofit management at the Historical Society. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Tufts University and Master’s in Health Services Administration at George Washington University. Laura has been a part of Montgomery County events and culture since 1990 where she met her husband working with the Rockville Jaycees and Hometown Holidays.
Katharine Stewart, Development Director
Katharine joined Montgomery History in April 2016 and directs the fundraising, stewardship, and membership programs. She comes to Montgomery History from the Smithsonian where she worked for 12 years in the central Office of Advancement. Katharine has also worked previously in collections management and research at the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Katharine serves as Board President for the Friends of Cherry Hill in northern Virginia, and on the Board of Oatlands in Leesburg. In 2016, she is pursuing a Certificate in Museum Management offered by the Virginia Association of Museums. She is thrilled to have found this position at Montgomery History, as it marries her love for American history and historic preservation and her background in museum fundraising and management. Katharine now lives with her husband, Bill, in Falls Church, Virginia.
Anna Nielsen, Outreach and Communications Manager
Anna joined Montgomery History in August 2018. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Art History as well as played an active role as Vice-President of the Art History Association. Anna previously worked at the College Park Aviation Museum in the Education Department while also maintaining the museum’s social media presence, conducting outreach and devising educational programs. Anna has always harbored a passion for history and has found the use of objects and artifacts can help reinforce knowledge in children and adults alike. She spends her free time volunteering at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in the Visitor Services department and visiting local museums and parks.