archival researcher and genealogical historian, most recently
partnered with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Horace
Mann to conduct an institute that focused on Abraham Lincoln for
teachers from across the country. She has also interned with the
Illinois State Archive Depository at the University of Illinois at
Springfield, and she worked with the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency in developing educational programs for children and adults
for the agency's History Comes Alive program.
Suttles, a central Illinois native, is a graduate of Southern
Illinois University in Edwardsville, with a major in history and
minor in anthropology. She earned a master's in history, with an
emphasis in public history, from the University of Illinois
Springfield. Living history is of particular interest to Suttles as
she has researched and portrayed in first-person several individuals
of Abraham Lincoln's era. She credits her parents, Dennis and Boni
Suttles of Chatham, for inculcating her deep appreciation for
Suttles is joining the Lincoln Heritage Museum at a crucial time.
She will be part of the core design team in preparing the new space
in the Lincoln Center, where the museum will move in 2013. Suttles
will also help to develop and coordinate special events, create new
marketing and educational initiatives, and assist in grant writing
for the museum.
Ron Keller, director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum, said, "Anne
brings a tremendous depth of Abraham Lincoln knowledge, having
received guidance and instruction from many great Lincoln
historians, including Wayne Temple, Cullom Davis and Michael
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Noting her experience, Keller added: "She has worked in public
settings and particularly with the Springfield historical and
tourism community, and understands tourism and working with the
public. We were immediately attracted to her experience in relation
to education and public history, and she will help this museum
advance in many different areas. She also possesses a very engaging
personality. We are very fortunate to have her."
Of her new position as museum assistant director, Suttles said:
"The study of Abraham Lincoln has been a part of my life for as long
as I can remember, but a personal favorite of mine is the study of
local history. I am very glad that I will be able to combine the two
and learn about the community that helped Lincoln become one of the
greatest presidents in our nation's history."
All are invited to visit the Lincoln Heritage Museum and to
welcome Suttles. The museum is open from 9-4 Monday through Friday
and 1-4 on Saturdays. Admission is free.
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