Jamie Rees, 2016

I am the Museum Curator and Assistant Librarian at the Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The core of both the library and museum collections is made up of the collection of Logan Clendening, the founder of the History & Philosophy of Medicine Department and one of the early faculty of the KU School of Medicine. I spend half of my time assisting the head librarian in cataloging rare books, doing research, and conducting tours, and half of my time running all aspects of the museum.

Since June 2016, I have been working on bringing the museum into the 21st century. In its 70-year history, the museum collection has grown but never been fully recorded. My highest priority is cataloging and rehousing the entire museum collection according to current best practices in the museum industry. I’ve also been working on creating a library of core documents and policies.

As curator, I am in charge of creating exhibits for the museum’s main exhibit area, as well as several satellite displays around the KUMC campus. I have also worked with various other departments and committees to develop exhibits and displays on the history of KUMC. In the future, I hope to develop more educational programing that coordinates with the curriculums of the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, and to develop tours based in the needs and interest of local high school science classes. Every day presents new challenges and opportunities, and I rely every day on the skills, knowledge, and relationships I built during my time in the KU Museum Studies Program.


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Museum Events

German-American History Talk and Gallery Tour
Saturday, October 21 | 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Prof. William Keel of KU speaks on local German-American history, then we move to the third floor for a special tour of our new exhibit Community and Culture: The Lawrence Turnverein, with Watkins curator Brittany Keegan and Dr. Lorie Vanchena of KU.

My Name is Sallie Performance
October 25-26 | 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam & Connie Perkins Central Court
This experimental, immersive musical theater experience tells the story of the founding gift of art to the University of Kansas that became the Spencer Museum of Art. Created by Spencer Archivist Robert Hickerson and featuring the talents of artists and students from across the community. The performance is a free special preview event and part of the centennial celebration of our collection. Tickets are available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-name-is-sallie-tickets-37725266287.

Science of the Macabre
Thursday, October 26 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 
Join us for a spooky night in the KU Natural History Museum as we celebrate Halloween. From spiders and snakes to parasites, we will explore the science of the creepy things that go bump in the night. See museum specimens, explore blood under black light, and enjoy free refreshments and win prizes.

Stories from the Museum Archives: Sallie Casey Thayer Collects
Sunday, November 5 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center 
Spencer Museum archivist Robert Hickerson and student assistant Rose Wolf open up the archives for an exploration of primary resources that document the collection that initiated an art museum at KU. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

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