August 2010–September 2012[box size=”large”][dropcap]W[/dropcap]orking as one of two professional staff members, my responsibilities include a variety of activities. I manage a paid and volunteer staff and lead the collections, education, and exhibitions programs. My projects have included initiating an education program, establishing a Facebook presence, redesigning the museum’s website (andrewcountymuseum.org), writing for and managing multiple grants, writing and designing a temporary exhibition, and supporting the Director in press and donor relations. [/box] [toggle title_open=”Projects” title_closed=”Projects” hide=”no” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”] [unordered_list style=”star”]
Collections Management Policy
I drafted the museum’s first comprehensive collections management policy. During this process, I synthesized the museum’s standard practices with museum best practices and recommended policy statements that addressed the unique needs of Andrew County Museum with the guidance of board members and collections volunteers that formed the Collections Committee. We began the policy writing process in January 2012, and the board adopted the policy in June 2012.
The Way We WorkedIn November 2010, I worked with the Director in the preparation of a grant application to host The Way We Worked, an exhibition circulated to 6 sites in Missouri through the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. Having received the grant, I served as the primary contact and administrator of the grant. In addition to hosting the exhibition from May 5-June 2, 2012, I coordinated and planned educational programming that reached over 300 students at six area schools, and I developed, wrote, and designed a complimentary exhibition, The Way Andrew County Worked, that opened with The Way We Worked and closes in October 2012.
Andrew County, Missouri: A Rural Way of Life
I assisted the Director in the preparation of a manuscript for publication. I suggested photographs for publication, prepared over 330 photographs to the publisher’s specifications, and provided support as a copy editor.
AndrewCountyMuseum.orgI designed and developed a custom WordPress-based website to suit the museum’s needs and help the museum better reach its target audience.
Education ProgramI expanded the education committee and initiated an education program that included programming for K-12 students, families, and older adults. The number of people served through on- and off-site programming increased from less than 50 in 2009-2010 to over 400 in 2011-2012. I contributed to and supervised the production of three traveling trunks designed to maximize off-site learning opportunities.
Missouri Historical Records Grant Program
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