We are very pleased to add Ellie McKown to our staff as Visitor Services Coordinator.
She has some impressive credentials in the museum field.
"I studied history for about a decade," she says. "I was mid-way through my PhD when I realized I would much rather be doing public history, and that's really been my passion ever since."
"You get a chance to actually see the impact of what you are doing rather than in academia where you are very isolated and maybe two people read what you write."
Most recently McKown worked at Fort Edmonton Park where she still volunteers, as well as at John Walter Museum along with serving on the board of Friends of Rutherford House. She also has some family connections to Blatchford Field. Her mother's parents moved to Edmonton to work at the airport. As a child she says her father took the family to military museums all over Canada and the U.S.
McKown will be responsible for visitors, tours, memberships and the gift shop. She will also put her experience to work helping our Assistant Executive Director, Erin Hoar, with programming and other ways to attract new visitors through the doors.
We welcome her to our team.