Kate Tallman EDUCATION • ALM in Museum Studies Harvard Extension School • B.A. in History and Art History University of Alaska-Fairbanks
ENROLLED • Cohort 5
LOCATION • San Antonio, Texas
Kate Tallman currently works in Research and Collections at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn. She is proud to serve on a team looking for traditionally underrepresented stories and bringing these stories to light in a thoughtful, intentional, informed manner. Kate is also an active participant in the American Alliance of Museums’ Environment and Climate Network, previously serving as a judge in the Programming and Exhibits categories of the Sustainability Excellence Awards. She is honored to currently serve as the Sustainability Excellence Awards Committee Chair for the 2022 awards season. Previously, Kate served under the conservationist at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas studying the effects of urban environments on historic buildings to include salt efflorescence in limestone, stone stabilization, and noise and vibration mitigation. She also worked in the History and Archaeology Collections of the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with particular focus on cultural collections and artifacts retrieved from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Corridor. Kate has been lucky to present posters at the American Alliance of Museums annual conference, organize sustainability minded museum webinars and networking events, and collaborate on cultural sector work with America Is All In, formally We Are Still In, in relation to subnational participation in the Paris Agreement. Kate’s time in Alaska deeply impacted her connection with the natural world, and informed her beliefs on the role museums play in modern society. She firmly believes museums should be active participants in their community, adding value beyond aesthetics and traditional means of education. Her research will focus on identifying climate stories in historic collections, and enabling museum workers to engage in novel narratives of community resilience and adaptability.
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