Jessica Cyders

Executive Director

Jessica has served as the curator of the Southeast Ohio History Center since June, 2011, before stepping into her current role in April, 2019. During her time with the History Center, she has worked to preserve and catalog the materials in the Center's collection, as well as designing exhibits and conducting educational outreach for students of all ages.

Jessica’s love for museums started as a child visiting the dinosaurs at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural History. She is a passionate believer in the power of museums to transform their communities.

Jessica's background is in history and communications. She may not have followed the usual path to a museum career, but she is grateful every day that she gets to do what she loves.

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Tom O’Grady

Director of Development and Outreach; Director Emeritus

Tom O’Grady sailed as a deck worker on an ore carrier on the Great Lakes aboard a sister-ship of the fated Edmund Fitzgerald, surveyed for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, launched the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in the state of Ohio and has been promoting waste reduction and sustainable economy for thirty years. Tom has also been an instructor of Observational Astronomy in the evenings at Ohio University for thirty years. He has spent a good deal of the past twenty-five years as a student of Ohio history researching its geography and settlement, the moundbuilders, Ohio canals, and several of its interesting characters and their stories.

Tom’s interest in history was awakened by working to clean up roadways and streams and stumbled into the remnants of the Hocking Valley Canal while running the Athens County Recycling and Litter Control program. He also had the unique experience of living at the Athens Asylum during his college years which gives him a valuable perspective on one of the biggest historical sites in Southeastern Ohio.

Tom served as a board member for the History Center between 1999 and 2014. He served as Executive Director from 2014 to 2019, and he is looking forward to continuing to be a leading advocate for local history and the History Center.

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Paige Musselman

Curator of Collections

Paige Musselman is from here in Athens County. As a native to the region she shares SOHC's vision of preserving and sharing Southeast Ohio's natural and cultural heritage. Her early years were deeply influenced by her love of the woods on her family's property, and she spent a lot of time foraging, collecting buckeyes, and loving the place she still calls home.

Paige has a Bachelor's degree in Classical Civilization with a focus on archaeology, as well as a certification in Museum Studies. After graduating from Ohio University, Paige traveled to Italy and worked hands-on in many archaeological sites and completed similar work in Arizona more recently. She took the helm as Curator of Collections in late 2021 and has been hard at work ever since.

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Dominique Roe

Patron Experience Manager

Dominique Roe took the position of Patron Experience Manager in the fall of 2020. She graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English.

As a Scioto County native, Dominique has been influenced by a deeply-rooted love of Southern Ohio's history and an unwavering desire to share this wealth of heritage with others. Dominique fervently believes in an intrinsic link between literature and history; the stewardship of both is her dearest and most ambitious goal. She plans to obtain a Masters in Library and Information Sciences in order to further pursue her passion to best serve her community and the patrons of the Southeastern Ohio History Center.

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