Living History: Working in the Museum Trenches

History and English Alum, Erika Holst (Rozinek) will be speaking in The Ames Library at 4pm on April 7th (Beckman Auditorium) on “Living History: Working in the Museum Trenches.”

b32c77_f2c8b0c2e01145ce9dda71b9915bdbcfErika is a 2001 Illinois Wesleyan graduate in History and English, is the Curator of Collections at the Springfield Art Association in Springfield, Illinois, where she oversees all aspects of interpreting and promoting historic Edwards Place, an antebellum historic house museum.  She holds a Master’s Degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture through the University of Delaware and has previously worked at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois; Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, Illinois; and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln documentary editing project in Springfield, Illinois.


Holst is the author of Edwards Place: A Springfield Treasure (privately published, 2015) and Wicked Springfield: Crime, Corruption, and Scandal During the Lincoln Era (The History Press, 2010).  Her scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Illinois History and the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and her popular work has appeared in History Magazineand Illinois Heritage.  She is a regular contributor to the Springfield Illinois Times, a local independent newspaper.

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