About Us

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For over 50 years, National Trust Tours has been offering life enriching programs that explore the traditions and cultures of the world, placing a special emphasis on the roles of art and architecture. Dynamic tour leaders, professional staff, small group sizes and unattainable experiences on your own are our hallmarks. With more than 100 programs from which to choose, there is a National Trust Tour with your name on it! National Trust Tours is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

NATIONAL TRUST TOURS STAFF

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DIRECTOR

Meg Annacone Poretz

Meg has been with National Trust Tours for over 23 years and oversees the day-to-day activities of the office. She directs priorities, develops all aspects of marketing pieces, works with tour operators, product development and strategic direction. She earned a Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University’s School of Business.

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Lisa Turgeon-Williams

Lisa has been with National Trust Tours for over 18 years and is responsible for developing the Tours website and marketing images, working with tour operators and Trust offices on operational issues, and plays a major role in customer relations including handling customer calls. Lisa assists in development of major marketing materials, day-to-day activities of the office and coordinates our Trust tour representatives and Study Leaders.

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FORMER PRESIDENT

Scott Gerloff

A veteran of the travel industry for over 30 years, Scott led National Trust Tours for 15 years and was responsible for driving major growth in the program, developing marketing strategies, serving as the main spokesperson, structuring and managing business relations and overseeing the financial aspects of the business. We are thrilled to have his continued expertise and support as an advisor.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Steven Oudshoorn

Steven has been with National Trust Tours for over 14 years. Steven handles the vast majority of customer calls and bookings, manages our Viatours data base for multiple purposes, retains the financial tracking on a weekly basis and serves as the office manager with all that entails.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS

Elihu Rubin

Associate Professor Of Architecture, Urbanism, And American Studies

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Barbara Horlbeck

Adjunct Instructor Of Art History

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Gail Cornell

Architectural Historian

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Grace Gary

Architectural Historian

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Greg Paxton

Preservation Historian

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Tom Moriarity

Preservationist & Development Consultant

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Mary Werner DeNadai

Architect & Trustee Emerita of The National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Patrick Bowe

Landscape Architect

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Richard Wagner

Architect & Research Professor in Historic Preservation

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John Meffert

Historian

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Dwight Young

Architectural Historian

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Rolf Achilles

Art Historian

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Giuseppina Lucini

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Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

Prehistory Expert

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Héctor Hoyos

Iberian and Latin American cultures, Stanford

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K. David Jackson

Professor of Portuguese, Yale University

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Michelle Damian

Assistant Professor, Monmouth College

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Alide Cagidemetrio

Professor Emerita, Università degli Studi di Venezia

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James Hepokoski

Professor of Music in Yale's Department of Music

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Fred Plotkin

Respected opera expert

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John R. Stomberg

Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

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Andrew Berry

Degree in zoology, Oxford University & PhD in evolutionary genetics, Princeton University

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Dr. Ian Tattersall

Curator emeritus American Museum of Natural History in NY

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Neville Peat

Award Winning Writer

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Mark Van Baalen

Associate in Earth & Planetary Sciences-Harvard

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Sara N. James

Professor Emerita of Art History at Mary Baldwin University

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Linda Harper

Arts & Cultural Heritage Advocate

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Melanie Holcomb

Curator at The Metropolitan Museum

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Peter Hillary

Author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist

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Dr. Michael Hoff

Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska

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John Chere

U.S. Army (retired)

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Paddy Bowe

Landscape Designer and Architectural Historian

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Gordon Turnbull

Faculty Lecturer

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Neil Jackson

Architect and Architectural Historian

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Craig A. Reynolds, PhD

Curator with the Capitol Square Preservation Council, Virginia State Capitol

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David J. Brown

Preservationist

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David J. Vater, RA

Architect

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Dr. Helen C. Evans

Curator for Byzantine Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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