Don Hasfurther

Hasfurther Named Executive Director Of HLF

Lexington, VA/April 1, 2011) The Board of Directors of Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) has named Don Hasfurther as the organization’s executive director. He had been serving as interim director since the departure of Leslie Giles in December. Giles is now working for the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office.

“We are pleased that Don has agreed to take on the position of executive director”, notes HLF President Al Carr. “Not only does he know the organization, having served for many years on its board, but he has experience in running preservation organizations.” Hasfurther served until recently as the director of the now Southern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia.

HLF has undertaken some new directions in the recent past and expects to become more visible as it moves forward. Founded in the 1960s to save some of Lexington’s late 18th and early 19th century architectural gems, the organization last year purchased a home threatened with demolition in the City’s Diamond Hill community.

The c.1880 “Haden and Rebecca Holmes House” was one of the first homes built by African-Americans in the City following the Civil War. In early 2011, HLF finished the stabilization and exterior renovation of the home and is now looking for a buyer to undertake the interior rehabilitation. Local architect and HLF Trustee Skip Ravenhorst, along with other HLF Board members provided pro bona support of the effort.

HLF also expects to get involved in providing support to preservation efforts outside of Lexington. Hasfurther and HLF Trustee Pat Ohleger have been working with the Buena Vista Colored School Historical Society in that organization’s effort to accomplish a plan for the restoration and reuse of the c.1913 school building. “I think this is a perfect example of a project to which HLF might bring a certain expertise in the future”, explains Ohleger.

An upcoming project on which HLF has been working with Preservation Virginia consists of a series of events focused on early industry in the Rockbridge area. After last year’s very successful “River, Road, and Rail” National Preservation Month activity, the two organizations are now looking to do a series of panel discussions, lectures, tours and displays looking at such early industries as pottery- and brick-making, rifle manufacturing, and agricultural processing. The events will take place in May. More information on these events will follow.

As HLF moves forward, the organization intends to become more active in communicating its programs and its positions. According to HLF Vice President Rick Bruno, the organization will soon be unveiling a new website, “I look forward to working with Don and others within the organization to make HLF more visible within the community”, notes Bruno.

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