Louisiana Landmarks Society Welcomes New Director

Donna Lednicky

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Landmarks Society welcomed Donna Lednicky into the new role of director of business operations. The announcement was made in a press release.

According to the organization, Lednicky brings a unique skill set combining museum experience, non-profit administration in the U.S. and abroad, and a strong background in development and grant writing. She recently served as the director of marketing and development for the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos. Lednicky will be responsible for daily operations of Landmarks including stewardship of the Pitot House, and supporting advocacy work through membership, funds development, and assuring best management practices.

Early in her career, Lednicky wrote and managed over $1 million of annual funding for the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency in Central Texas. An active board member of the Laredo Center for the Arts while living in South Texas, she later served as the executive director. A long-time Girl Scout, Lednicky took the opportunity in 2009 to serve as the World Centre Manager for the international girl scout visitor center, Sangam World Centre in Pune, India for three years.

Lednicky holds a master of arts in art education, with a museum education specialization, from the University of Texas at Austin; and a bachelor of science in recreation and parks from Texas A&M University.

Lednicky said: "I am delighted to join Landmarks and contribute to the continuation of a rich history of preservation advocacy and education in New Orleans."

Established in 1950, the Louisiana Landmarks Society promotes historic preservation through education, advocacy, and operation of the Pitot House located on Bayou St. John. Landmarks rapidly defined preservation advocacy in New Orleans through campaigns that resulted in the protection of Gallier Hall and defeat of the proposed Riverfront  Expressway in the 1960s. Today, the colonial West Indies style Pitot House (c. 1799) serves as a house museum and the headquarters  for Louisiana Landmarks Society.

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