Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2006

Museum supervisor begins work

January 5, 2006

Lansing Historical Museum is experiencing changes in the New Year with the addition of a new supervisor and what will be greatly expanded hours.

The city has hired Laura Phillippi as the Lansing Historical Museum site supervisor, and she began her job Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Lansing Historical Society transferred operations of the museum to the city on Jan. 1.

With the hiring of Phillippi, the museum, 115 E. Kansas Ave., will be able to expand its hours. Its grand opening will be Feb. 21, and the new hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., year round.

Previously, because Historical Society volunteers staffed the museum, it was open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, February through November.

City officials are pleased with the hiring of Phillippi and excited to have her on board.

"She's a go-getter. And that's the kind of person we were looking for," said Mike Smith, city administrator.

Phillippi currently is considering contacting history classes at local schools to see how the museum can add to their curriculum and adding a photo exhibit to the museum's collections, according to Shanae Randolph, the city's director of Economic Development/ Convention & Visitors Bureau and Phillippi's new boss.

Originally from Topeka, Phillippi is a graduate of Emporia State University and has a Master of Arts degree in history from Fort Hays State University.

She has previous experience in museum collections management and exhibit construction and has interned at several museums, including the Lyon County Historical Society Museum in Emporia and the Ellis County Historical Society Museum in Hays.

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