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EDITORIAL: Committed to the future

July 5, 2014

St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

July 05--Even museums need something new now and then.

St. Joseph Museums Inc. this spring hired a new executive director who brings both a fresh perspective and a respect for the past.

Sara Wilson comes to St. Joseph from not that far away, actually. She grew up in Rosendale, Mo., and earned an undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University. After receiving a master's in anthropology and museum management from Arizona State University and living out of state for a few years, Ms. Wilson began working for St. Joseph Museums. Even as a part-time employee, she worked to revitalize the Glore Psychiatric Museum exhibits.

By naming Ms. Wilson as director, the museum board signals a commitment to continue to invest in the future and maintain the highest standards for the city's flagship museum. The new director served under longtime leader Jackie Lewin, who spent a 41-year career with St. Joseph Museums, the last eight as executive director.

Ms. Lewin's faithful leadership navigated the organization through a turbulent time and back into its respected position today. In addition to the Glore and St. Joseph Museum, the system also includes the Black Archives, St. Joseph Doll Museum, Wyeth-Tootle Mansion and Eckel/Brunner Architectural Collection.

The challenges for the new director include familiar ones: continuing to make the collections appealing to a new audience and relevant for the community. Using limited resources to preserve and promote history is never an easy task.

Some of St. Joseph's most treasured artifacts are now under the care of Ms. Wilson and her staff. Even given the challenges, there is reason to be hopeful about the future.


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