Recorded Session: The Impact of Working with Native Communities

Recorded On: 10/11/2021

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Session Description

The Impact of Working with Native Communities is a Recorded Live Session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

Working with Native communities is vital for museums. The Elkhart County Historical Museum partnered with Native groups while developing a new exhibit. The result was a transformation that reached beyond the exhibit. Hear from museum staff and their Native partners on how they formed these relationships and what they produced.


Chair: Julie Parke Museum Director at Elkhart County Historical Museum
Julie Parke is the director of the Elkhart County Historical Museum and has served in that role for three years. She joined the staff at the onset of the Crossroads of Elkhart County exhibit project. She holds a history degree from Northwestern and a Master’s from Wake Forest. She has more than 30 years of experience in the museum field including roles at the Field Museum, Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky and the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio. Parke serves as a part-time instructor in the Museum Studies minor at Grace College.

Diane Hunter Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Diane Hunter is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and a citizen of the Tribe. Her work as THPO involves preserving and protecting historic sites and resources, providing education about the presence and history of the Miami Tribe, and serving 800 Tribal citizens in Indiana and surrounding areas. She has given numerous presentations on the history of Miami people and the Miami Tribe today to groups of all ages and education levels. Diane has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and Master’s degrees from Ball State University and Georgetown University. She has worked for the Miami Tribe since 2015, when the Tribe opened a Cultural Resources Extension Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Patrick McGuire Curator of Education at Elkhart County Historical Museum
Patrick McGuire has worked as the Curator of Education for the Elkhart County Historical Museum for over 8 years. He leads the museum’s interpretive program and event development and implementation. Prior to this, he has served as an interpreter at Mount Vernon, Naper Settlement, and Historic Wagner Farm, and as a Collections Manager for the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association . He has a degree in History from Monmouth College, and a Master’s degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.


RECORDED DATE: October 12, 2021

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