Jean L. Holmes

Title: Museum Director, Preservationist, Humanities Educator
Company: Maine Friendship House Museum
Location: Pepperell, Maine, United States

Jean L. Holmes, Museum Director, Preservationist, and Educator at the Maine Friendship House Museum, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Humanities.

Ms. Holmes is currently in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, where she is director of the Maine Friendship Museum in the Jaffa American Colony. She has held the position since 2004, concurrently with her roles as president of Keshet Hashalom, president and manager of Viewpax Mondiale in Independence, Missouri, and as a real estate broker of Carter Realty. She has also organized educational tours since 1983, and is the co-author of such works as “HaNachshonim,” “Israel and Post-Holocaust Christianity in Dialogue, Theology Six: Interfaith Ministry” and “The Forerunners.” Ms. Holmes has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Born in Butler, Missouri to Victor Julius Witte and Helen Emilia Witte, Ms. Holmes attended Graceland College and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University in 1965. She spent a year with the University of Paris in postgraduate work before becoming a French, English, and literature teacher in Iowa, Massachusetts. In 1973, she returned to postgraduate work at Tufts University, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Judaic studies, magna cum laude, from the Hebrew College in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ms. Holmes assumed many of her current roles while conducting postgraduate work for Hebrew University in Yad Vashem, Poland, and has worked with the Ratisbonne Center of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem.

Ms. Holmes has been an adjunct professor and director of student intercultural travel to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt for Park University and Graceland University since 1982. She has been a part of such events as the 1996 International Holocaust Scholars Conference, and lectured for the 1994 conference, Remembering for the Future II in Berlin, Germany. Ms. Holmes is a member of the Christians & Jews United for Israel. She has received recognition for her work throughout the years such as the 1992 Friendship Award from the Israel Ministry of Tourism, as well as a 2004 Maine Preservation Award from the Maine Friendship House. Ms. Holmes is also the proud mother of Kristen and Lance, and married Reed M. Holmes in 1993. In her free time, she enjoys photography, archaeology, literature, and travel.

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