Wednesday, March 7, 2012

UIS student from Jacksonville gets to be curator for museum exhibit

A Jacksonville woman is getting the chance to be a guest museum curator.

University of Illinois-Springfield graduate history major Claire Jerry will be the curator for an exhibit opening on Friday at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

Curators generally hold a doctorate or master’s degree in subjects like history, archaeology and anthropology. Jerry says she never expected to have an opportunity like this at this stage of her career. The exhibit is part of her graduate closure project.

Jerry has been working on the project since last June and, with between 800 and 1-thousand hours put in, says she’s been very involved.

“I was responsible for doing the research and the writing for the exhibit. I selected the objects, developed the narrative themes under the supervision of the curator here,” she explains.

WLDS-WEAI Radio in Jacksonville featured Jerry in an March 6, 2012, report.

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