Jamie Rees, 2016

I am the Museum Curator and Assistant Librarian at the Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The core of both the library and museum collections is made up of the collection of Logan Clendening, the founder of the History & Philosophy of Medicine Department and one of the early faculty of the KU School of Medicine. I spend half of my time assisting the head librarian in cataloging rare books, doing research, and conducting tours, and half of my time running all aspects of the museum.

Since June 2016, I have been working on bringing the museum into the 21st century. In its 70-year history, the museum collection has grown but never been fully recorded. My highest priority is cataloging and rehousing the entire museum collection according to current best practices in the museum industry. I’ve also been working on creating a library of core documents and policies.

As curator, I am in charge of creating exhibits for the museum’s main exhibit area, as well as several satellite displays around the KUMC campus. I have also worked with various other departments and committees to develop exhibits and displays on the history of KUMC. In the future, I hope to develop more educational programing that coordinates with the curriculums of the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, and to develop tours based in the needs and interest of local high school science classes. Every day presents new challenges and opportunities, and I rely every day on the skills, knowledge, and relationships I built during my time in the KU Museum Studies Program.


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FeBREWary at the Watkins
Thursday, February 15 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with Lawrence Beer Co., presents an evening of beer, food, and knowledge! Enjoy beer and a fascinating talk on brewing provided by Lawrence Beer Co., plus food from local restaurants and an informal museum tour. Tickets are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for non-members. You may sign up online or contact the museum at 785-841-4109. We recommend buying in advance. Ages 21 and over only, please. More information and registration.

Winter Table: An Evening of Herpetology
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
A celebration of more than 100 years of KU herpetology research programs and the careers of Linda Trueb and Bill Duellman. Explore the Natural History Museum's reptile and amphibian collections and enjoy appetizers and drinks. Dine in the Panorama Gallery with KU herpetology scientists and students conducting reptile and amphibian research across the globe. 

6:30 pm: appetizers, drinks and science salon
7:00 pm: dinner and program
$50 per person 

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