Collections Staff Profiles

 

Trisha Nelson, Archeology Curator

As Archeology Curator, Trisha oversees and makes accessible History Nebraska’s archeological collections.  She manages archeological site documentation including site forms, notes, maps, reports, images, and analyses; as well as a GIS layer and associated database which document over 11000 recorded archeological sites across Nebraska.  She regularly administers contract-funded projects and curation agreements with Federal agencies and enjoys her position as treasurer with the Nebraska Museums Association.

Trisha obtained her MA in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001.  She has since participated in the American Association for State and Local History’s History Leadership Institute, and is currently enrolled in a leadership development program offered through the Nebraska State Government.

Tom Mooney, Curator of Manuscripts

As Curator of Manuscripts, Tom is responsible for acquiring, organizing and describing collections of private papers for History Nebraska and making them available to the public.  The Manuscript Collections include personal and family papers, business records, organizational records, etc.  Tom creates detailed inventories of the manuscript collections and places them on our website to assist researchers in locating relevant information.

Tom has worked as the Curator of Manuscripts since 2004.  Prior to working for History Nebraska, Tom worked in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.   Tom holds an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BA in Anthropology from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  He is a member of the Midwest Archives Conference.

 

 

Karen Keehr, Photograph Curator and Head of Digital Imaging

As Photograph Curator, Karen preserves, collects and catalogs all types of photographic material from the earliest daguerreotypes to today’s digital images. As the Head of the Digital Imaging, Karen oversees the scanning and digitization of History Nebraska’s Photograph Collection. She and her team enjoy increasing access and sharing the amazing historical Nebraska images. Karen has also curated several photograph exhibits at History Nebraska including Doing Hard Time: Historic Nebraska Mug Shots and Start Your Engines!

Karen has been the Curator of the Photograph Collection at History Nebraska since June 2009. Originally from Minnesota, Karen has enjoyed studying and preserving Nebraska history for over 18 years. She did her undergraduate work at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and received her Master degree in Public History from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.  Before joining History Nebraska, Karen was the Curator of Research at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, NE for nine years where she worked on two books of photographs, Grand Island and Hall County and Grand Island: the Julius Leschinsky Photographs.  She has also proudly served on the Nebraska Museums Association board since 2000.

Laura Mooney, Senior Museum Curator

As Senior Museum Curator, Laura Mooney manages History Nebraska’s objects, artwork, and textile collections. She assists researchers, works with donors, and curates exhibitions at the Nebraska History Museum

Prior to working at History Nebraska, Laura gained experience working at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, MT, and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR. She received her MA in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a BA in Anthropology from Whitman College

 

 

Paul Eisloeffel​, Curator of Audiovisual Collections

Paul oversees the acquisition, management and use of History Nebraska’s archival moving image and sound recording holdings. On staff since 1988, Paul has built the audiovisual collections into a regional treasure. 

Paul has a Masters degree in History and a specialization in Archives Management. Prior to working for History Nebraska, he worked in archives in San Diego, California, and Kansas City, Missouri. He is active in the Midwest Archives Conference and is a frequent publisher and presenter on topics related to audiovisuals in archives.

Gayla Koerting, Curator of Government Records

Gayla oversees the public records section of the Collections Division. These materials consist of state, county, local, and some federal records. The most significant and highly requested Government Record collection pertain to the Governors’ papers which span from the territorial period through January 2015. Her responsibilities include duties relating to the acquisition, arrangement, development, preservation, storage, and management of public records for the State Archives. 

Gayla earned a Ph. D. in 19th Century U. S. history from Kent State University and a MLS with an archives emphasis from Indiana University-Bloomington.   She is a native of Nebraska and previously worked as the Special Collections Librarian at the University of South Dakota. 

 

 

Cindy Drake, Librarian

Cindy joined History Nebraska's Nebraska History Library in 1977.  She manages library technical services and is a back-up source for reference questions pertaining to all library materials with a focus on local history and genealogy. She has also coordinated the statewide cemetery registry since 2005.  As the only Librarian on staff, she oversees the acquisition of library materials and monitors the online catalog. Besides other library duties, she also coordinates or monitors the subscriptions/memberships of the Library/Archives, and other divisions, as well as overseeing and monitoring various library related databases such as Nebraska Newspaper Indexing, Nebraska Atlases & Plat Books, etc.

Cindy is a native Nebraskan and a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University.  She has published two local community histories, a church history, a book on Nebraska centennial farms, the letters of a grandmother, and has given programs on genealogy topics and Nebraska research.

Mary Woltemath, Microfilm Curator

As microfilm curator, Mary performs and oversees the preservation of Nebraska’s newspaper archival history. She is in charge of preservation microfilming which complies with relevant library/archival standards. This includes pre-filming tasks (collation and prepping newspapers and manuscripts), final inspection of microfilm, and quality checks for all tasks. She coordinates workflows and quality control while maintaining a complete and accurate tracking system for over 30K reels of microfilm.  

 

 

Dell Darling, Assistant Curator of Photographs

As an Assistant Curator of Photographs, Dell Darling scans images from the photo collection for entry into Past Perfect and on to our web site.  He constructs phase boxes, sink mats for broken glass plate negatives and occasionally helps construct and install exhibits in the Nebraska History Museum. He also fills patron orders by email or creating prints or CD’s and oversees work-study students and volunteers.

Dell came to the museum in 1985, working as a draftsman and exhibit builder for twenty years before moving to the Collections Division.

Jordan Miller, Collections Registrar

Jordan is responsible for the accessioning, cataloging, and photographing of new donations, housing and rehousing objects, and tracking incoming and outgoing loans. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is creating new storage for objects already in the collections and new donations. It’s a challenging task and she’s always learning something new.

Jordan received her BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Great Plains Studies in 2013. She has spent the last six years finding her niche while working as a teacher/naturalist at Pioneers Park Nature Center, a historical interpreter at Fort Bridger State Historic Site, and curator at Seward County Historical Society. 

 

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