LANCASTER – If a local or national newspaper reporter makes a mistake in a story, Mary Lawrence will probably catch it.
Lawrence is the marking director for the Fairfield County Heritage Association, which operates the Sherman House and Georgian museums. But before coming here she worked in the newspaper business for more than 30 years and then taught journalism at the University of Missouri. Lawrence said she still scrutinizes each paper she reads.
Buy PhotoFairfield County Heritage Association marketing director Mary Lawrence spent more than 30 years in journalism, along with teaching journalism, before coming to her current job 10 years ago. (Photo: Jeff Barron/Eagle-Gazette)
“Oh, yeah,” she said. “You’re still an editor.”
But her main focus now is on the FCHA, where she has worked for the past 10 years.
“I do a lot of things,” Lawrence said. “One of the things is publicity for our events and helping with tours. And one of my main duties is editing the Quarterly, which is our history news magazine. Then doing social media with my colleagues finding things about Lancaster history to tell people about.”
Lawrence said FCHA’s main concern is keeping both museums open and in good running order. The FCHA also works with the other museums in town.
“If one organization does well you create this audience for history,” Lawrence said. “And then everybody does well. So we’re really eager in promoting history.”
Before coming to the FCHA she started out at the Indianapolis News, then worked for the European edition of the Wall Street Journal. Lawrence was also the managing editor of the Marion Star, which is a sister paper to the Eagle-Gazette. She was also the managing editor of the Geauga Times Leader.
She became interested in journalism while a student at Ohio State. Lawrence took an entry-level course in journalism.
“The person who taught it was a former reporter and she had us reporting,” Lawrence said. “It just seemed so neat and compelling.”
That led to her becoming the sports editor of The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper before becoming a professional in the field.
Lawrence came to Fairfield County upon leaving her teaching job at UM because her parents and other family members lived here. Her mother volunteered with FCHA, which led Lawrence to do the same before becoming an employee.
Away from work, Lawrence lives on an 80-acre farm with her mother.
“I have miniature horses, miniature mules and a miniature donkey,” she said. “And I’d like to garden. I think in retirement I’d like to do more with the minis and more on the farm. It’s just a neat @JeffDBarron
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