"When I interviewed for my master’s degree program, the professor was floored that I basically had four years of museum experience under my belt."
After Luther, Megan received a master’s degree in museum and artifact studies from the University of Durham in Durham, England. She learned about the degree while she was at Luther in the Nottingham (England) Year program. “Following that, I was the curator of the Museums of Oglebay Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia,” she says. “In that position, I created exhibitions, worked with collections management, developed educational programming, and served as a board member of the West Virginia Association of Museums.”
At the Chicago History Museum, Megan works on teacher professional development, creates classroom resources, and designs, and facilitates onsite experiences for elementary through college-aged students.
“One of my favorite projects has been working on the development and implementation of our student workshops,” she says. “These programs enable students to take an active role in analyzing and interpreting objects to make their own meanings, whether they’re learning about the Great Chicago Fire, the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, or whether they’re being challenged to consider what freedom is.”
Her job also includes working on grant-funded projects and exhibition teams, which allows her to work with various colleagues within the organization.
Since Megan knew she wanted to major in anthropology and focus on archaeology, she was able to get a job in the anthropology lab as soon as she arrived at Luther. “In some ways, I began my museum career during that first shift in the lab,” she says. “When I interviewed for my master’s degree program, I talked about that experience, and the professor was floored that I basically had four years of museum experience under my belt.”
My adviser was especially helpful since he specialized in archaeology, guided me through course selection within the major, encouraged me to pursue a museum studies minor, and recommended I study away with the Nottingham program. I appreciated that he helped me meet my educational requirements but encouraged me to seek out meaningful experiences.
—Megan Clark '05