Sarah Taggart’s promotion to Deputy Director for the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) is welcome news to Foundation members and the community-at-large who know and value the impact of the Memorial, Museum and Educational Center.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation promoted Sarah Taggart to Deputy Director of the Foundation in November 2016. Since joining the NJVVMF, Taggart has designed and implemented a series of updates to the Museum and Educational Center’s exhibits. Visitors now enjoy a more interactive experience — one that encourages a deeper understanding of the Vietnam war and the Vietnam era.
Most recently, she supervised the renovation of the Sepia Mural, a centerpiece of the Museum & Educational Center. The updated exhibit incorporates some of the newest museum technology, similar to what patrons enjoy at national museums like those comprising the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Taggart has also been the key professional responsible for developing programming for Center tours and other education-based, experiential events hosted by the NJVVMF.
Bill Linderman, Executive Director of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, is delighted by Taggart’s promotion, “Sarah is such a strong asset to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. She brings a wealth of knowledge and abilities to our organization and is highly respected by our Board, staff and volunteers. Sarah will be instrumental in planning the expansion of the Vietnam Era Museum and securing the financial future of the Foundation.”
Taggart joined the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation as Curator/Coordinator of Educational Resources and Initiatives in 2011. With a background in curatorial work, educational initiatives, non- profit management and fundraising, she brings a well-rounded skill set to the Foundation.
Taggart holds a MA in American History from Rutgers University, a MA in Museum Communications from The University of the Arts, and a BS in Archaeology from Mercyhurst University. She started her career in small history museums located in the Philadelphia region including, the Independence National Historical Park, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Camden County Historical Society. Always motivated by the desire to share her passion for museum collections with local communities, Taggart values professional development and is a member of various professional museum associations. She lives in Delanco, NJ, with her husband and daughter.