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Kerri Wilhelm

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Hi everyone,

My name is Kerri and I’m the new Executive Director of the VCHS Museum. A recent transplant to Terre Haute, I’m originally from Austin, TX. I’ve lived here since April 2018. I worked at ISU in a few departments, before being selected the director by the Board of Directors. But my passion is museums! I completed a Master’s degree in Museum Studies in Washington, D.C. where I also interned and worked as an independent contractor at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. There I had the opportunity to assist with projects like creating documentation during the Kennewick Man studies, assisting with the recovery of three historic iron coffins and the individuals inside and developing content for an exhibit about the anthropological study of some of the earliest colonial inhabitants of our country. I moved back to Texas and worked at the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory and later the Texas Historical Commission as the Curator of Archeology. My next museum was in Ann Arbor, MI where I served as a Research Collections Manager at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropological Archaeology.

I’m so excited to be here and to have the opportunity to help guide this incredible history museum into its next chapter as a destination for education, learning, research and entertainment. I’m fortunate to be working with people like Chris, Suzy, Jean and Joan, the dedicated museum staff who ensure that the museum operates smoothly even during challenging times such as these. I was excited to apply for the position because even after visiting the new museum just one time I could see that this is a special place, a history museum full of so much potential for hosting high-end exhibits, for engaging educational programming, for hosting all levels of researchers and for memorable public and private events. There are so many possibilities for learning, enrichment and engagement that the sky is the limit!

I personally invite you to come and see us all at the museum. I invite you to come and walk through our exceptional exhibits, to enjoy a Coke in the Apgar Soda Shop or to volunteer your free time with us and learn more about the history of Vigo County. I look forward to seeing you on the exhibit floors enjoying the museum!