Sharlot Hall Museum Executive Director Fred Veil has announced his retirement, effective the end of December.
Under Veil’s leadership since October 2013, the popular museum has modernized its campus. Most recently, the multistory brick education center was constructed; it can accommodate 135 people for performances and events.
Veil also introduced sophisticated technological advances in 11 buildings on the 4-acre campus.
During Veil’s years, membership and attendance have grown significantly. The 93-year-old museum has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in central Arizona.
Veil graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh before becoming a senior legal executive with several global corporations. In 2000, he retired to Prescott. Veil initiated the popular Western History Symposium in 2004.
“I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for another to take the museum to the next level,” Veil said in a press statement.
Kim Finston, president of both the Prescott Historical Society and Sharlot Hall Historical Society, praised Veil, saying: “During his tenure, Fred has reinvigorated the museum by pulling together an outstanding staff and volunteers who embellished existing tradition with innovative and contemporary programs.”
The museum’s board of trustees will conduct a national search to find a successor.
Photo: Fred Veil, executive director, Sharlot Hall Museum, announced his retirement at the end of 2020. (Courtesy image)