History

The Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas began in 1981. Over the years, the program has regularly produced graduates who go on to pursue distinguished careers in museum work.

The Museum Studies Program is unique among the interdisciplinary graduate programs in the College. Since its creation, the program has relied upon a partnership between discipline-based academic units and museum practitioners who teach “core” courses. The original group of professors who developed the program had a particular intent in training students in the care of historical archives, so the program was born as a Master in Historical Administration and Museum Studies (MHAMS) until 2002, when it changed to the Museum Studies Program (MUSE) and the MHAMS degree was changed to a Master of Arts in Museum Studies (M.A.).

In 2012, Dr. Peter H. Welsh was appointed full-time director and professor of Museum Studies. His arrival brought a change to the structure of the program, which went into place for the Fall 2013 semester. The original track system was eliminated in favor of a thematic structure that gives students greater flexibility to take courses that correspond with their interests. In the spring of 2014, the program introduced a a new graduate certificate in Museum Studies.

 


Museum Events

Kenneth Spencer Research Library North Gallery Grand Reopening
Thursday, September 7 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 15-minute tours of North Gallery, 4 p.m.: Brief remarks
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas campus

Fall 2017 Applied Humanities Workshop with N.Y. Nathiri
Friday, September 15 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Nathiri is executive director of of the Association for the Preservation of the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.). P.E.C. is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1987 and based in Eatonville, Florida, the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. P.E.C. hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston); and a host of year-round programs for pre-K through 12. Nathiri is a professionally trained librarian and an award-winning preservationist.

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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