FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2004
Contact: Maribeth Cowan, Public Relations Director
(804) 342-9665 email:
VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEES
Richmond, VA–The Virginia Historical Society is pleased to announce the election of three new members to
its Board of Trustees. They are Mary Duke Trent Jones from Abingdon, Virginia, Dr. John R. Nelson and Marcus M.
Weinstein, both from Richmond, Virginia. Hugh V. White Jr., retired senior counsel for corporate and finance, Hunton
& Williams, will serve as chairman of the board, and E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., will serve as vice chairman of the board.
There are twenty-five board members who serve six years each on a staggered rotating basis. More than half of the
trustees are from outside the metro Richmond area and represent all areas of the state.
Mary Duke Jones, the first representative from far southwest Virginia on our board in a decade, is an active
civic volunteer. Among her many current affiliations, Ms. Jones is on the boards of Emory and Henry College, the
Duke Endowment, and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Governor Douglas Wilder appointed her to serve on
the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (1991–1995), the board of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(1992–1997), and re-appointed her to the Virginia Arts Commission in 1990, where she was first appointed
by Governor Gerald Baliles in 1986. Dr. John R. (Jack) Nelson has been President of Operations and
Technology of Philip Morris USA since April, 2002. Previously he served as President of Philip Morris USA
in New York and President of Philip Morris International in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been with the
company since 1982, first as a Research Analyst in the Corporate Affairs department, and then was
promoted to several senior management positions. Before joining Philip Morris, USA, Dr. Nelson was
Associate Study Director of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and
a Research Associate for the National Academy of Science and the National Research Council. He
holds a B.A. in political science and history from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in economic history
from Northern Illinois University.
Marcus M. Weinstein is the CEO of Weinstein Management Company, Incorporated. He is actively involved
with and has supported generously the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, the Richmond Holocaust
Museum, and the University of Richmond. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he earned a B.S.
in Psychology from the University of Richmond in 1949. He has been a member of the Virginia Historical Society's
John Marshall Council for several years.
The Virginia Historical Society was founded in 1831 and elected John Marshall as its first president and
James Madison its first honorary member. Today, the VHS continues to serve the commonwealth as the state's
museum of Virginia history, educational resource center for Virginia history, and nationally renowned
library for scholarly research.
The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience,
a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
times to the present is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries
only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Mondays. For group tour
information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit