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History museum's loss, Sarasota's gain

The executive director resigns to lead Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

By MARY JANE PARK, Times Staff Writer
Published November 21, 2007



The executive director of the St. Petersburg Museum of History has resigned to become chief executive officer and interim executive director of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.

Jessica Ventimiglia had led the museum since early 2006. Previously, she was executive director of Mental Health Community Centers, Sarasota, and worked in senior management positions at Selby and at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Ventimiglia and her husband, Vince, started visiting Florida years ago, following the St. Louis Cardinals, whose spring training headquarters was in St. Petersburg. They joined the St. Petersburg Historical Society in 2000, and Ventimiglia said they would continue to attend museum events.

George Banez, the museum's curator of education and exhibits, will b e interim executive director of the history museum.

The museum also has resumed its regular operating times and entry prices.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 62 and older, and $4 for children ages 7 to 17. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. The museum also has a special rate for families: $14 for a family of four.

[Last modified November 20, 2007, 20:58:03]

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