| Doug Miller, Chair Oatlands Board of Directors
A Special Message from Doug Miller, Chair of Oatlands Board of Directors
This year, the 50th anniversary of Oatlands opening to the public as a National Trust for Historic Preservation property, opens a new chapter in the history of the preservation of Oatlands. We have a new executive director, Bonnie LePard, and many new board members, and I am honored and excited to serve as your new Chair of the Oatlands Board of Directors.
With this team in place and with the dedicated service of our staff, we are working to implement our new strategic plan for Oatlands, which reflects the National Trust's view that historic sites must find new ways of engaging the public.
To that end, we are exploring new land use opportunities, growing our events revenue by leveraging the adjacent Oatlands Hamlet property, expanding our programming and research efforts to interpret the African-American experience at Oatlands, and celebrating our glorious formal garden.
I am particularly excited about an initiative to document and digitize our archives and research more deeply the Eustis family's connection to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a frequent visitor to Oatlands.
We are grateful to the growing community of Oatlands lovers and supporters who make our work possible. Thank you for your help and commitment to preserving Oatlands.
With deep appreciation,