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For Immediate Release

May 20, 2014

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Matthew Roberts, Director of Communications
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Arizona Capitol Museum Director Announced

PHOENIX Charles R. Knight has been selected as Director – Arizona Capitol Museum (AZCM).  He joins AZCM with over 15 years of museum experience most recently as curator and registrar at the MacArthur Memorial - museum, archive, and final resting place of Gen. Douglas MacArthur -  in Norfolk, VA where he has been responsible for a collection of 15,000 artifacts of military items, objects d’art , original paintings and drawings, and 19th century silver.  In addition to his primary responsibilities at the four building MacArthur Memorial campus, he has managed the Norfolk Police & Fire Museum.

Charlie brings experience in volunteer coordination, facility management, exhibit design, outreach, educational programs and special event planning. He has undergraduate degree with a concentration on U.S. history and is completing his Master of Arts with a concentration in American Civil War.

Charlie has had articles published in Blue & Gray, Classic Trains, Hallowed Ground, and other history and railroad magazines, and is a book reviewer for the U.S. Army Historical Foundation. His first book, Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market, was published in 2010 by Savas Beatie Publishing. He has two more books under contract with Savas Beatie: a biography of Confederate general and railroad magnate William Mahone, and reference book Robert E. Lee: Day by Day.

He served as a historical advisor to the 2014 film Field of Lost Shoes, (starring Jason Isaacs and David Arquette) about the Battle of New Market. Charlie has been a Civil War re-enactor with both the 44th Virginia Infantry and 25th Ohio Infantry, and also has participated in several WWII reenactments with the 29th Infantry Division. He collects toy trains and is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. His wife Sara is a middle school teacher and fosters cats for an animal rescue. They have one son, Carter, and a house full of “rescue animals.”

Charles will join our staff on July 14, 2014 and looks forward to meeting and working with all of us.

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Secretary of State.  Through its branches, the State Library provides access to unique historical and contemporary resources, and statewide leadership to the library, archives and museum communities.


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