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Katherine Chappell

Katherine Chappell

Education Programs and Collections Projects Assistant

Michigan State University (MSU) Museum

Graduated: 2012


Where do you currently work? 

In this job, I actually work for two different departments: Education and Collections. As an active member of the Museum Education Team, I coordinate with educators to provide field trips and on-site programming, as well as our Virtual Outreach Program, in which we provide web-based live programming for classrooms around the country. I also manage our docent program, which provides interpretation and direction for museum visitors. I help facilitate a Teacher Advisory Group that meets to help the MSUM offer better support to educators in the Greater Lansing area and beyond.


I also work with other team members to plan and produce special events throughout the year, which include both annual programs like Darwin Discovery Day, the Great Lakes Folklife Festival, and 4-H Days, and one-time programs serving the Michigan community, like a day celebrating the local Hmong community and their cultural traditions.


The other part of my job is with the collections department of the museum. There, I work on cataloging, offer tours of and lectures on the stored collections for MSU students, and create on-going public access for specific collections we hold, including the Great Lakes Quilt Center, the Benberry Quilt Collection, and our extensive collection of folk life artifacts.


My day-to-day work puts me in touch with History, Natural Sciences, Folk Arts, and other cultural collections, informing the public of what the MSUM has to offer and engaging with them through school outreach, special events, and more. This is never a boring place to work!

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