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Executive Committee

Whitney Baker
Head, Conservation Services, KU Libraries

Whitney Baker received her MLS with an Advanced Certificate in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her undergraduate work at KU (BA Chemistry and Spanish), and has held the post of Conservator for KU Libraries since 2002.  She previously worked in conservation at the Library of Congress and the University of Kentucky.

Baker teaches MUSE 706, Conservation Principles and Practices, for the Museum Studies program.

Collection Manager, Spencer Museum of Art

Sofía Galarza Liu has worked as an implementation consultant and educator for zetcom Information Systems, Inc. providing database administrator and user training for MuseumPlus clients in the United States. In 2006 she completed Museum Leaders: the Next Generation training at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, California. She holds an MA in Museum Studies and a BFA in the History of Art from the University of Kansas. Liu teaches MUSE 704, Museum Collection Management, for the Museum Studies program.

Steve Nowak
Executive Director, Watkins Community Museum of History

Steve joined the staff at the Watkins Museum in February 2011. He has had a 25-year career in museum work, with experience in collections management, exhibition development, public programming, and education. His background is in American art, history, and material culture. In addition to his management responsibilities, Steve looks forward to developing public programs, increasing museum involvement with schools and teachers, and working with members of the Douglas County Historical Society.

Steve co-teaches MUSE 704 Museum Collection Management and teaches Museum Audience Development for the Museum Studies program.

Sandra Olsen
Professor of Museum Studies, Senior Curator of Archaeology, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-6511
Spooner Hall, room 6E

Professor Olsen is an Old World Prehistorian, specializing in zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from ancient sites, and Arabian rock art. She was formerly the director of the Center for World Cultures at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Peter H. Welsh
Director & Professor of Museum Studies
785-864-5702
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Professor Welsh's research has addressed a range of issues including the historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums. He has worked with native cultures in Wyoming and the Southwest, and has conducted archaeological research in Arizona and China.  He earned his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.


Museum Events

First National African American Quilt Convention
July 12-15, 2017
TBD, Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.naaqc.org/

Educator Open House at Museum at Prairiefire
Thursday, August 24 | 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Preview the upcoming educational programs offered by Prairiefire field trips and explore the exhibit halls
RSVP to Tim Shaban by August 21
tim@museumatpf.org | 913-333-3551

Teacher Appreciation Night
September 28 | 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum
500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO
More than 20 museums across the region will be present to help teachers craft lessons and offer their resources.
Free to all educators
 

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