Jean Taylor Federico, director of the Daughters of the American Revolution museum for the past eight years, is expected to be named director of historic resources for the City of Alexandria this month. The newly enlarged job, which pays $31,475 annually, will include presiding over a greatly enhanced arts and museum program for the historic waterfront city. Federico is expected to begin work June 27 after leaving the DAR, effective June 24.
"We're just waiting for the background checks," said Bradford Hammer, assistant city manager, "before announcing it officially.
"It's a big job," said Hammer. "She'll be in charge of expanding the Lyceum into the city's historic center; establishing a canal and waterfront museum on the Bryant Tract in front of the Trans Potomac Center buildings on Union Street; a study and exhibit on how the railroad affected Alexandria; the remodeled Torpedo Factory Arts Center, which just opened; Fort Ward Museum Park; the archeology program and the Tourist Bureau and Gadsby's Tavern. If the city decides to accept the Cummings Collection of Armaments from Inter Arms, she'll have to make plans for it."
"I'm looking forward to living and working in Alexandria and building its collections," Federico said. "At the DAR museum, I especially enjoyed setting and maintaining high professional museum standards."
At the DAR, Federico has been credited with building a public and a respect for the museum through several important exhibits, including the 1980 "Jewish Community in Early America," the 1981 "200th Anniversary of the Surrender at Yorktown" and the 1982 "Dutch and English Delftware." She also has instituted a lecture series and has started an annual antique show.
Federico, 42, came to the DAR Museum from the University of Maryland art gallery. She has studied American decorative arts at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in North Carolina. She lectures widely on American decorative arts.
No replacement at the DAR museum has been named.