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John D. Metz
Library of Virginia
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-SHGAPE
|Reviews:||A Tale of Two Cities: Contested Visions of Atlanta’s Past and Future following the Civil War
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Architecture and Architectural History
Atlantic History / Studies
Black History / Studies
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
Demographic History / Studies
Early Modern History and Period Studies
Economic History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Library and Information Science
Rural History / Studies
John Metz serves as the Deputy of Collections and Programs at the Library of Virginia, responsible for overseeing the Library’s collections, public services, outreach activities, and educational programs. He coordinates agency activities in the areas of research, reference, archives, records management, special collections, circulation, collection management, publications, exhibitions, outreach, educational programs, library development, networking, and consulting.
He has more than 20 years of experience in historical research, education, collections management, and programming through his work as an archaeologist, historian, and architectural historian for museums and cultural institutions, including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the Bermuda National Trust, and the Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. He earned an undergraduate degree in American history and anthropology from Washington & Lee University, an MA in anthropology from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in American studies from Boston University. Prior to joining the Library of Virginia in 2008, he was director of historical resources and education at the Henry Ford Museum.
Metz is the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is the co-author with Louis A. Ferleger of "Cultivating Success in the South: Farm Households in the Postbellum Era," publishedby Cambridge University Press. Metz serves on the program committee for the Council of State Archivists and from 2009 to 2014 was a member of the State Review Board of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.