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

Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 1301 Mississippi St
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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