The Owosso Historical Commission is hosting two curators from The Henry Ford as they present a daylong seminar titled “Developing Greater Visitor Experience.” Last spring, Owosso Historical Commission Executive Director Robert Doran invited Jeanine Head-Miller, Curator of Domestic Life at the Henry Ford, to Shiawassee County. During that visit they toured many of the nonprofit historical sites and organizations. Some of these included Durand Union Station, the Corunna Historical Village of Shiawassee County, The Steam Railroading Institute, The Shiawassee Arts Center and the Owosso Historical Commission’s four museums.
After that visit, Doran and Head-Miller discussed the possibility of her returning to Owosso with fellow curator, Donna Braden, to present a daylong seminar based on her impressions and evaluation of these historical nonprofits. Out of that grew “Developing Greater Visitor Experience.”
*Jeanine Head-Miller and Donna Braden are respected leaders in the history museum field. Jeanine Head-Miller, Curator of Domestic Life at The Henry Ford, has over 40 years of experience in both creative and managerial roles. Jeanine’s varied background blends perspectives from the fields of American history, art history, theater and psychology into the creation of content-rich, historically accurate programs and publications. Jeanine has curated exhibitions, assuring that labels have both historical integrity and visitor focus. Her exhibition projects have covered a wide range of topics—from musical instruments to furniture, log cabins to hot rods. Jeanine received the Harold Skramstad Award for Innovation in the Workplace at The Henry Ford in 2007 and 2008. She was also recognized by the University of Michigan-Dearborn as Mentor of the Year in 2004 and 2009.
*Donna Braden brings a background in anthropology, material culture and American cultural history to her work at The Henry Ford of Dearborn where she has been for the last 38 years as a curator and exhibition developer. Her exhibition work has included everything from content development and label-writing to conceptual planning, team leadership, liaison to design firms and visitor evaluation. She served eight years on the board of ALHFAM (Association for Living History, Farms, and Agricultural Museums), including the Presidency. In 1998, she received the John Schlebecker Award for her contributions to the field of living history.
**The daylong seminar will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at The Shiawassee Arts Center. Participants will include executive directors and board members from Durand Union Station, Friends of the Shiawassee River, Shiawassee Arts Center, Owosso Historical Society, Owosso Public Library, Owosso Main Street and Owosso Historical Commission. The cost of the seminar is being underwritten by a grant from The Cook Family Foundation. “If you are a director or board member of a nonprofit in Shiawassee County and would like to attend, please call (646) 270-3970 before Oct. 15,” it was stated.