John Franklin Miller, past LALH president and vice president, served as president of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, from 1995 until his retirement in 2007. Miller received a BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis before earning bachelor and master of divinity degrees from Yale University Divinity School. He went on to do postgraduate work in art and architectural history at the University of Maryland and attended the Williamsburg Seminar for Historical Administrators and the Attingham (England) Summer School on Historic Houses of Britain.
Miller began his career in historic preservation at Hampton National Historic Site in Baltimore, Maryland, and served as chief executive officer at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio, for more than fifteen years. Under his tenure, he oversaw the rehabilitation of the Warren H. Manning landscape and restoration of the English Garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman. At Ford House, Miller completed substantial architectural restoration and implemented several initiatives intended to interpret more fully Jens Jensen’s designed landscape.