S: Kentucky History Center Photo Essay by Kim Dudgeon
1: Museum Visit Photo Essay of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History by Kim Dudgeon for Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Dr. Scott Sayre Museum Professions November 1, 2012
2: On the cover is a photo of bricks that are embedded in the sidewalk at the main entrance of the Kentucky History Center that shows a few of the donors that supported the museum building project. This is just one of the ongoing campaigns and fund raising efforts that the Development Officer coordinates with other museum departments. The building both inside and out is maintained by the Facilities Manager and staff.
3: This sign is posted inside the door of the entrance to guide visitors to the information desk. The Visitor Services Manager and staff is responsible for crowd control and to ensure that visitors receive tickets for their paid admission.
4: At the information desk visitors are able to purchase tickets for admission, sign the visitor guest book, and find information about the museum and library. This desk is the responsibility of the Visitor Services Manager who supervises the volunteer staff that provide this assistance.
5: Below is a sign that allows visitors to purchase the type of ticket they need for admission. The Publications staff oversees everything in print. The revenue from ticket sales would be managed by the Financial Officer. | The Membership staff has outlined the benefits to becoming a Kentucky Historical Society member in additional signage located near the information desk.
6: George is the Visitor Services Assistant who operates the information desk. The Human Resources Manager has issued him a badge for identification and security purposes. Some of George's responsibilities include answering the telephone and ticket sales. He relies on the Information Systems /Technology staff for support. | There are numerous pamphlets at the desk for visitor use that are produced by the Publications staff.
7: The lobby is an open space that is used for museum events and private event rental. The Special Events staff would work with the Development Department for solicitation of members/donors, Public Relations /Marketing staff to advertise the event, and General Counsel to negotiate contracts or address any legal issues. | In the lobby and all other areas of the museum are cameras that are used by Security staff to monitor visitor activity.
8: Above is one of the main areas for exhibition. A team of Exhibition staff including Designers, would have worked with Curators and Collections staff, Educators, and Facilities staff to complete the exhibition project. The large door on the left indicates how they would move the various exhibit materials. There were several of these doors throughout the building.
9: Below are objects that were recently acquired by the museum. The Registrar would have recorded the objects, and the Curator and Collections staff would have assessed the items for interpretation and determined the description of the object as seen in the photograph in the inset. A Conservator would have cleaned and made any repairs to the objects that were necessary. The Publications Staff would have provided the printed material.
10: The History Center maintains their commitment to education by providing a classroom for visiting students (as seen on the right). There are many interactive displays like in the photograph on the left that were designed by the Exhibitions staff, Educators, and Information Technology staff. The IT staff will continue to maintain the equipment. The Facilities staff is responsible for the housekeeping and maintenance of the classroom and all other areas of the museum.
11: The museum's library is located on the second floor and houses catalogs for all collections of objects and digital/media, and published materials. The Librarian/Archivist is responsible for the maintenance of all materials located in this section of the museum. | The retail space is managed by the Museum Store staff and is closely connected to the Marketing, Visitor Services, and Financial Departments. The IT staff would also provide support to both the store and the library.
12: The donation box seen below was located at the exit of the exhibition room as is used by the Development staff as a tool to raise funds for the museum. | The "Exhibit Ideas" box is stationed in the lobby for visitors to make suggestions on exhibits. The Exhibition staff and Evaluation staff would review those submissions for future considerations in making the visitor experience more positive and meaningful.
13: References Schlatter, N.E. (2008). Museum Careers: A Practical Guide for Students and Novices. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.