Jeremy Allin started at the Huron County Museum in July 1996 and worked three summers before he was brought on full-time in January 1999 as the Administrative Assistant. Jeremy holds a diploma in Business Administration from Conestoga College and takes care of the many office functions, such as, accounts payable/receivable and payroll. He is also the Museum’s resident “tech expert,” setting up computer systems and other related technology, audio/visual equipment and any troubleshooting that is required. Jeremy also creates many of the videos that play on the various screens around the galleries.
Sinead is an artefact with a Huron County provenance. As Curator of Engagement & Dialogue, she leads special events, educational programs and group tours. She also offers outreach programs throughout the county. Starting as a volunteer and summer student, Sinead has worked at the museum since 2011, and she’s served quite some time in gaol with our annual ‘Behind the Bars’ night tours, occasionally as a nineteenth-century vagrant.
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, England, Sinead received a Master’s degree in Public History from Carleton University. The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol featured heavily in her Major Research Essay, which examined depictions of the poor in rural southwestern Ontario museums. Outside of the museum she is a fan of Hindi cinema, a photographer of cows, and also co-director of Staging Our Histories: a performance event dedicated to histories ‘off the page and on the stage.’
Throughout her life, education and career Elizabeth has enjoyed reading, researching and developing the historical context of the world around her. After receiving her BA in History from Trent University she completed the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Sir Sandford Fleming College. Prior to moving to Huron County she worked with various museums across Ontario. She began work at the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol in 2004 as Assistant Curator and became Senior Curator in 2016.
Elizabeth believes every artifact has a story and it’s the stories that she loves most. She is excited to have been given the opportunity to share these stories with each of you. Elizabeth oversees the management of all our Museum sites, leads the collections team and develops the temporary and permanent exhibitions.
As Education and Programming Coordinator, Dan leads special events, educational programs and group tours. Dan has a background in education and public history. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University, Dan taught history and geography in England in 2014. To his disappointment he did not develop a British accent. Last year he received a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto where his focus was bringing special educational concepts related to inclusion and accessibility into museum programming. In his spare time Dan enjoys reading, cycling, and themed trivia.
As Registrar, Patti is responsible for the donations of artifact material that comes into the Museum. She meets with donors, prepares the documentation required, catalogues, and photographs each artifact. She records its detailed history and story. She also handles the documentation and details of incoming and outgoing loans as well as assists with artifact research.
“What a rewarding experience working at the Museum is. Every day is a different day….one day I may work on a 150 year old wedding dress and the next a portrait of an early settler. I get to hear firsthand the stories of long ago….I get to hold history in my hands.”
As the Technician Assistant, Dana is the Museum’s resident maker. She is responsible for the fabrication of display cases, interactive exhibit pieces and special projects like the animatronic donation box you will find in the lobby. She also paints and prepares the gallery walls and assists with mounting exhibits.
Dana studied science at Queen’s University, then photography and textiles at New Brunswick College of Craft and Design before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art from NSCAD University in Halifax. She joined the museum team in 2016.
Archivists assess, collect, organize, preserve and provide access to the documentary heritage held in archival collections. Municipal archival collections contain historical documents specific to a certain geographical location and may include the following: by-laws, council minutes, land registry copy books, maps, personal papers and diaries, photographs, property tax assessment rolls, scrapbooks and minute books of former volunteer organizations, voters lists, etc. The Archivist at the Huron County Museum provides access to the archival collection in a variety of ways and processes research requests received by telephone, email and mail as well as in-person through scheduled appointments that are conducted in the Reading Room located within the Huron County Museum or virtually – fees may apply. For more information about the Huron County Archives & Reading Room, visit: https://www.huroncountymuseum.ca/huron-county-archives/
Beth is the County Librarian and Director of Cultural Services for the County of Huron. In this role, she oversees the planning and direction of the County of Huron’s museums, libraries, archives, and cultural programs.
Her career has spanned two of her biggest passions – food and reading. Prior to becoming a Librarian, Beth worked in restaurant management. When it became clear eating for a living wouldn’t pay the bills, she returned to school to pursue Librarianship. Beth holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Western University. She began her career with the County as an Internet Trainer in 2011 and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility leading to her present position.
Ellen Whelan has a Masters of Library Science and is passionate about connecting the community to local resources. As Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator, her responsibilities include organizing rentals, finding funding opportunities, and fostering community partnerships. Contact Ellen if you need a space to rent or have an exciting fundraising idea!
As the Marketing & Branding Coordinator for Huron County Cultural Services, Amy leads all marketing and communications for the Huron County Museum, Huron County Library, and Cultural Programs. She is responsible for managing social media, public relations, brand management, design of promotional materials and exhibits, and Museum Gift Shop management.
After starting her career in local journalism, Amy transitioned to working for local organizations where she focused on marketing, project management, and event planning, and built on her passion for tackling projects that ultimately strengthen and promote our local communities.
Heidi has a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor and a Diploma in Collections Conservation and Management from Fleming College.
As Museum Technician she is responsible for the care and management of the Museum’s collection, including risk management and preventive care. She is part of the team responsible for preparing and mounting exhibits. Heidi is available to answer questions regarding care and maintenance of personal collections and as a resource for other museums in the area.