Jerry Foust

Historic Site Director

Jerry has a diverse background in arts and history; he also has a varied archive-related work experience. As the Historic Site Director at Dumbarton House, Jerry directs the operations of the Dumbarton House historic site, including: interpretation of historic site and collections for the public through tours, programs, and private rental events; preservation and maintenance of the buildings and grounds.

Before Dumbarton House, Jerry worked for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago, IL, Shel Silverstein Archives, Chicago, IL,  Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL,  and the Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, MI., where Jerry gained abundant archival experience. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. After finishing his Master of Arts degree in American History and Historic Preservation from University of Cincinnati, Jerry completed his Ph.D. studies in American History at Loyola University Chicago. From 2005 to 2008, Jerry taught history at Loyola University Chicago as Adjunct Professor. Jerry also has a number of publications, including Indiana Dunes National LakeshoreSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Substitute Teaching in an Age of Uncertainty, Creating an Identity: Jewish Tourism South Haven, Michigan. etc.

In addition to his duties with Dumbarton House, Jerry teaches a class on Collections Management for the Museum Studies Masters Program at Georgetown University.

Joined Dumbarton House in: 2009

Fun Fact: Jerry lettered as a member of The Ohio State University Varsity Fencing team and still occasionally fences at clubs in the Washington, D.C. area. He has interests in bonsai. He and his wife love to check out the newest restaurants in D.C. as often as possible.