The Grove Museum’s new executive director, Amanda Hamon has worked in museums for over 20 years. As the museum gears up to celebrate its fifth anniversary with Grove Day 2022 on Saturday, March 12, Hamon is ready to open a new chapter of community engagement and partnerships.
“I see museums as town squares for conversation where people can share ideas and develop new ways of thinking,” says Hamon. “It’s about understanding the value of places and objects. We can be a very text-based society when it comes to lifelong learning and knowledge, but there are so many different ways to engage with learning. I think that architecture, buildings, and objects are all a part of those stories.”
Hamon has been digging up history and marveling at its rare objects and fossils since she was a young girl. A Kansas native, she grew up amongst scientists. She accompanied her parents on field research trips since she was in a basinet. Hamon’s father was a paleontologist and served as the curator for the Natural History Museum at University of Kansas.
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