September 11, 2017
Name: Patricia Sampson: A Volunteer with Passion — who believes in Fate
Job Title: Manager of Retail Shop and Visual Merchandising
Institution: High Museum of Art
Location: Atlanta, GA
Interviewed by: Laura Murphy, Preservation Society of Newport County
What path brought you to your job?
I grew up in Harlem, NY. There I would escape to the Museum of the City of New York located on 5th Avenue. Admission was free then, and I often found myself walking around there. I was in awe of what I could learn about my city! I majored in Fashion Merchandising at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. My degree brought me to Atlanta, GA where I found a job in the for-profit world in Birmingham with an independent retailer, Parisian. At Parisian I began my buying career by purchasing swimwear, intimate apparel, ladies clothing lines, and menswear. When Parisian was purchased by Sachs, I found myself out of a job. My goal was to leave Birmingham and head back to Atlanta where I had family. I applied at the High Museum, but did not hear back and pretty much forgot about it. In the meantime, Sachs offered me a position, but I would have to remain in Birmingham. That day I made the decision to decline the position. Later that same day the High called and offered me the job! This was the beginning of my belief in FATE…