Lincoln Heritage Museum hires Melissa Weissert as new asst. director
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[August 27, 2010]
Melissa Weissert is the new assistant
director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College. Her
duties at the museum will begin on Aug. 30, where she will work
alongside Ron Keller, the museum's director and chief curator.
Prior to this position, Weissert worked as a park guide for the
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, where she led tours and
developed and led interpretive programming. In that role, she was
responsible for cataloging artifacts and developing temporary
exhibits. While working at the Lincoln Home, she served as a
research assistant and also wrote articles for its monthly
publication, Illinois Issues.
A native of Belleville, Weissert
graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with a
major in history and a minor in business administration. She earned
a master's degree in history, with an emphasis in public history,
from the University of Illinois Springfield.
Weissert's fascination with the 16th president and his legacy
developed at an early age. This interest eventually led her to move
to Springfield because of the community's historic ties to the
president. After graduating from UIS, she became the lead
living-history guide at the Lincoln Home, where she supervised four
living-history interpreters and 16 members of the Lincoln
Troubadours. In her role there, she also dressed in period costumes
and offered daily programs, such as neighborhood tours, period
demonstrations and vignettes.
Weissert is joining the Lincoln Heritage Museum staff at a
crucial time in its development. She will bring her vast experience
to its leadership team as they prepare to relocate the museum's
impressive collections to its new home in the Lincoln Center. The
Lincoln Heritage Museum is on track to move in 2012.
Weissert will also spearhead new community outreach efforts and
will assist in grant writing on behalf of the museum.
Keller, the museum curator, said: "Melissa brings a great depth
of knowledge to the job. Having worked in public settings, she
understands both tourism and working with the public. We were
immediately attracted to her breadth of experience on so many levels
in relation to public history."
He added: "I'm confident her experience will help the Lincoln
Heritage Museum advance tremendously in so many different areas. We
are delighted to have her join our team."
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Of her new position as museum assistant director, Weissert
remarked: "I am very excited to join the Lincoln College community.
The opportunity to help develop and plan a new museum dedicated to
furthering Lincoln's legacy is a dream come true!"
The Lincoln Heritage Museum is wheelchair-accessible and open to
the public. Admission is free.
More information, images from its permanent collections,
directions and hours of operation are available online at
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