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John Michael Blades

museum director

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, 1987-1990. Executive director Henry M. Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida, since 1995.

Grant reviewer Institute Museum & Library. Services, District of Columbia, since 1996. Presenter, lecturer in field.


  • Contributor articles and photographs to professional journals.


President Mozart Festival, San Luis Obispo, 1993. Chairman Cultural Executives Council, Palm Beach County, 1996-1998. Board directors Cambria (California) City of C., 1994-1995, Central Coast Tourism Council, San Luis Obispo, 1993-1995.

Sergeant United States Air Force, 1970-1974. Member American Association Museum (surveyor, advisory committee Museum assessment program, programming committee 2000, historic house professional interest committee since 1996, accreditation reviewer since 1999), Florida Art Museum Directors Association.


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, salt water aquariums, collecting antiquities.


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