I’ve always loved a good story. Fiction, nonfiction, history, science – anything that reels me in and takes me on a journey is my idea of a good time. So imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered that a career in exhibition development let me spend my days learning and sharing stories with other people. I felt like I’d struck gold.

After more than seven years developing exhibits and interpretive materials for the Texas State Parks system, I decided it was time to open myself up to the wider world of museums, historic sites and all their stories by beginning a practice as an independent consultant. From the moment I began this new phase of my career,  I’ve felt invigorated by my work in ways that I never dreamed of. Every day I get to work with passionate and motivated museum professionals. I help them find ways to communicate their stories more effectively, to better connect with their communities and to make themselves sustainable for the future. I get to share my experiences and knowledge and, most importantly, help them make a difference in ways only museums can: by intimately connecting people to the world around them, near and far, past and present. I’m immensely grateful for these opportunities. The work is challenging and rewarding and fun, and I really can’t ask for much more than that.

I plan to use this blog as a space not only to share my latest projects, but also to exchange ideas about how museums can go about fulfilling their missions and engaging the public. I’m excited to have conversations about the role of museums in our lives and communities, and I hope you’ll join me in them.