350th anniversary of Rhode Island's "lively experiment" in religious freedom
Pieter Roos has been employed in the museum field since 1984. He began his career at Sleepy Hollow Restorations (now Historic Hudson Valley). After earning his M.A. in the Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Program, he administered several historic sites for the Morris County Park Commission in Morris County New Jersey.
Pieter came to Newport in 1993 as the Director of Education for the Newport Historical Society. Since 1999 he has been the Executive Director of the Newport Restoration Foundation, a preservation organization that owns and administers some 75 18th and 19th century properties in and around Newport. The Foundation is active as both a preservation organization and a museum. During his time there the Foundation has seen a great blossoming of activity including the restoration of several historic structures, opening Doris Duke’s Newport home, Rough Point, to the public, and building the activities and superb collections of which the Foundation is a steward. Currently the Restoration Foundation is engaged in revisioning Newport’s Queen Anne Square with a new design by nationally renowned artist Maya Lin.
Over the years he has written articles on museums and material culture and lectures extensively. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the New England Museum Association, Discover Newport, the Advisory Board of the International Yacht Restoration School, the Trinity Church Landmark Fund, the Properties Committee of the Newport Historical Society and the Watercraft Collections Committee of Mystic Seaport.