Trevor Jones is Director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society. He believes that museum collections have the power to tell amazing stories, and has helped museums of all sizes rethink how artifact collections support their mission. Trevor holds BA degrees in history and German from Grinnell College, an MA degree in history and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.The views expressed here are his alone and not his employer's.
Rainey Tisdale is an independent museum curator who works at the intersection of cities, objects, and creativity. She is an international expert on city museums and blogs at CityStories. She teaches Material Culture in the Museum Studies Program at Tufts University. With Linda Norris, she is the co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice (Left Coast Press, 2013). She has held fellowships as a Fulbright Scholar in Helsinki, Finland, and as a Community Fellow at Brown University’s Center for Public Humanities. She spent the past year leading #BostonBetter, an effort by 25 Boston-area cultural institutions to organize programming for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Elee Wood is director of the Museum Studies Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), associate professor of museum studies, and public scholar of museums, families, and learning with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Elee’s research includes the study of visitor-object experiences in museums, object-based learning, critical museum pedagogy, and evaluation capacity building. She recently published The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums with Kiersten F. Latham (LeftCoast Press, 2013). Elee got her start in museums as a Wizard Wing youth volunteer at the Milwaukee Public Museum and worked as an exhibit developer and public programs manager at Minnesota Children’s Museum. She holds a PhD in Education for Community and MEd in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College. Elee is also the former editor of the journal Museums & Social Issues.