Lisa Verwys joined the team at MOR in 2010 as a collections specialist. Lisa grew up in Otsego, Michigan and attended school at Ripon College in Wisconsin, where she double majored in history and English. While at Ripon, Lisa focused her studies on local history, completing her thesis work on experiments in utopian communal living in rural Wisconsin. She also cataloged collections at the Ripon Historical Society and created oral histories for the Ripon College Archives. She went on to pursue graduate studies in public history and cultural resource management at Western Michigan University before earning her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to MOR, Lisa worked as the registrar at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
At Museum of the Rockies, Lisa is responsible for overseeing the long-term preservation of the museum’s vast cultural history collection. She is tasked with the security, care, and cataloging of over 300,000 artifacts. She also works with curators and the exhibits team to select and display objects in the museum’s galleries. Additionally, Lisa teaches Intro to Museum Practices as part of the Museum Studies minor at Montana State University. Lisa’s current projects at MOR include increasing use and visibility of the museum’s collections and creating a publicly accessible online database of the cultural history collection.
If you have any questions about donating artifacts to the Museum of the Rockies or how to care for your family heirlooms, don’t hesitate to email Lisa.
Watch Lisa present at the Bozeman Pecha-Kucha Night, September 13-14, 2017