Sam Newton

Sam Newton

Board Member

Dothan, Alabama

Sam Newton started in preservation by conducting historic district tours, docenting at house museums, archiving 400 year old court records (found a deed signed by George W. when he was an Englishman), sharing tantalizing ghost stories with eager visitors, on dark damp nights, at old cold buildings (in full costume), and checking for water damage in old bank attics and unrestored mansion basements (in well-worn jeans and work boots, a very heavy rodent-whacker/flashlight in one hand, and a clip board in the other). For fun, she graduated from the National Trust’s Professional Leadership Training, their first Capstone Experience program, the National Alliance of Historic Preservation Commissions’ (summer) CAMP, the first class of the Leadership Institute of the Association of Non-Profits, and their Board Management program. (For work, there were academic degree programs at Woodbury, Harvard, and George Washington Universities.) Non-profit board activity has included an historic society, an arts council, a neighborhood association, an architectural review board, a local historic preservation commission, the Neighborhood Restoration Corporation, the National Alliance of Historic Preservation Commissions, and, since 2012, PTN. After 30 corporate transfers, Sam moved to the southeastern corner of Alabama, the ancestral home of husband John (in a 3rd career of shooting golf and skeet), where they were adopted by a very large white poodle, with a decidedly lady-like southern-accented bark.