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John Michael Blades, museum director.


Blades, John Michael was born on January 19, 1952 in Decatur, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert Ray and Beverly Ann Blades.


Bachelor of Science, California Polytechnic State University, 1981. Postgraduate, Texas Christian University, 1984. Certified, University California, Berkeley, 1994.


From guide supervisor to head public affairs office, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, 1986-1995;instructor, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, 1987-1990;executive director, Henry M. Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida, since 1995. Grant reviewer Institute Museum & Library. Superior vena cava syndrome, District of Columbia, since 1996.

Chairman long range planning committee Palm Beach County Cultural Council, West Palm Beach, Florida, since 1996, marketing committee, since 1995. Presenter, lecturer in field.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles and photographs to professional journals.


President Mozart Festival, San Luis Obispo, 1993. Chairman Cultural Executives Council, Palm Beach County, since 1996. Board directors Cambria (California) Chamber of Commerce, 1994-1995, Control Coast Tourism Council, San Luis Obispo, 1993-1995.

Sergeant United States Air Force, 1970-1974. Member American Association Museum (public relations committee, commission on audience research and evaluation, treas-secretary historic house professional interest committee since 1996, accreditation reviewer 1999), Florida Art Museum Dirs. Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, salt water aquariums, collecting antiquities. Fax: (561) 655-2826. E-mail: blades@emi.net.


Married Sandra Jean Barghini, February 11, 1995. 1 child, Erin R.

Robert Ray

Beverly Ann Blades

Sandra Jean Barghini

Erin R. Blades