Kentucky Derby Museum Senior Curator of Collections selected for prestigious, nationally recognized seminar program

Kentucky Derby Museum Senior Curator of Collections selected  for prestigious, nationally recognized seminar program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 16, 2016) – Kentucky Derby Museum is pleased to announce that Chris Goodlett, Senior Curator of Collections, has been selected as a member of the Class of 2016 for Developing History Leaders @SHA.

Founded in 1959, Developing History Leaders @SHA is the premier professional development seminar for leaders in history organizations of all types and sizes. Formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration, the program provides history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections to become highly effective leaders and managers of history organizations. More than 900 people have attended SHA since 1959.

The SHA partners—the American Association for State and Local History, the Indiana Historical Society, the Nantucket Historical Association, the National Association of Interpretation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation—have selected the SHA Class of 2016 from a group of national applicants who are serving the history field in a position of responsibility or preparing for such a position.

The Class of 2016 includes:

Chris Goodlett – Kentucky Derby Museum
Aaron Genton - Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
Chris Miller - National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Ellen Paulin - Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Gretchen Bulova - Office of Historic Alexandria
Jayne Becker - Minnesota Historical Society, Alexander Ramsey House
Jennifer Hiatt - Indiana Historical Society
Jessica Stavros - Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
Julie Kemper - Kentucky Historical Society
Karen Hassel - Ohio History Connection
Kate Morland - The Henry Ford   
Kelly Klobucher - Hegeler Carus Mansion
Marjan Shirzad - Nantucket Historical Association
Martin Tuohy - Naval History and Heritage Command
Matthew Toland - Campbell Center for Historic Preservation
Shakia Gullette - Banneker - Douglass Museum
Sondra Rierson - Minnesota Historical Society
Stephen Light - Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello  

The group will meet in Indianapolis from October 29 – November 19, participating in an immersive and extensive curriculum. Developing History Leaders @SHA is distinctive because it combines depth—three weeks of engagement in deep discussion about issues facing the history/museum field; with breadth—discussions led by nationally recognized leaders. It brings together current and future leaders to learn in an intimate, collegial atmosphere. Using case studies, workshops, forums and field trips, Developing History Leaders @SHA is an opportunity like none other.

For more information about Developing History Leaders @SHA, click here.

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