Although born in Panama, Julie Parke was reared in Warsaw and recently returned to her hometown. She has more than 25 years of museum and arts experience. Before joining the Wagon Wheel staff, Julie served nine years as the executive director of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and more than twelve years at Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her daughter Sophia are happy to be back in Warsaw.
Julie holds a BA in history from Northwestern University and an MA in history and historic preservation from Wake Forest University. While in Ohio she was a member of the boards of the Lancaster Chorale and the Ohio Museums Association. She also is a member of the Historic House Network of the American Association of Museums.
She fondly recalls attending Wagon Wheel productions as a child and in the years since.