Marge Smith Curator/Archivist

Marge Smith is the award-winning curator of the Kent Historical Society and the Sharon Historical Society.

The Connecticut League of History Organizations recently bestowed upon the Kent Historical Society an Award of Merit for its exhibition “The Founders of Kent: Starting from Scratch on the Colonial Frontier.” Marge Smith, the organization’s curator, said it was gratifying for her to see her personal vision presented and receive honors.

“We were thrilled to have our hard work and creativity in this exhibit achieve this recognition,” Smith said. “This was a personal project of mine, but it came to fruition because of the energetic participation of many people; thank you to all who helped make this happen.”

Logan Wheeler: Managing Director

Before moving to Kent in 2015, Logan Wheeler was Director of the Writing Center and Instructor of English at Augusta University in Augusta, GA, where she managed the day-to-day operations of her program, including public relations and marketing, strategic planning, and educational programming and events.

In addition to running programs, Logan has a passion for teaching. She has taught primarily English composition and professional and technical waiting, but she has occasionally had the joy of teaching history-heavy literature courses abroad (complete with museum visits!), as well as high school world history.

She understands the importance of connecting with our past and passing that sentiment on to the next generation, and she is Excited to rebuild KHS's educational programming. Logan has experience working with non-profit organizations, as well, having partnered with nearly a dozen different organizations in her university writing courses to develop usable, real-world documents for those organizations.

A native of Tuscaloosa, AL, she is also a former volunteer for the Literacy Council of West Alabama, having organized events and author talks.

Ron Marasco: Executive Director

Ron Marasco, Ph.D. was a professor for 27 years in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and Department Chair of Theatre at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he produced and directed numerous productions. As an actor he appeared in dozens TV shows: from West Wing to Freaks and Geeks to Entourage to a long stint on the police show Major Crimes.

Ron's first book, Notes to an Actor, was named by the American Library Association as an "Outstanding Academic Book of 2008," and cited in an interview by screen legend Kirk Douglas as "the very best book on acting." Ron's second book, About Grief. Insight, Set backs, Grace Notes Taboos, published by Rowan and Littlefield, has been translated into Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese for publication abroad and is used by hospices and grief groups across the country.

Ron's historical novel, The Dog Who Was There, published by Harper Collins, reached the Christian Bestseller List in 2017. Most recently, Ron worked as a story producer for a documentary about Dean Martin that aired on Turner Classic Movie channel.

He has a B.A in English from Fordham University and an MA. and Ph.D. in Theatre History from UCLA.

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