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Jeffrey Ray recently retired as Senior Curator of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent (PHM). PHM is the history museum of the City of Philadelphia and its collections number some 100,000 objects dating from the mid-17th century to the present. Ray has been with the museum since January of 1985 when he was appointed Curator of Collections; he has served as PHM’s Acting Executive Director on three occasions during his tenure there. He has also been active in the history and preservation community, serving on the Boards of Memorial Hall, the Elfreth’s Alley Association (President 1990-95) and the Trinity Center for Urban Life. In addition he has been a grants reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He is also a member of the Collections and Research committee of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Ray also teaches in the Liberal Arts division and in the Museum Studies Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Ray began his career in museums in the Education Department of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Coordinator of Outreach Programs and Deputy Director of the Department. Ray received his B.A. from Bard College and M.A.s in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania.