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Candace Summers

Director of Community Education

Candace Summers holds a B.A. in Archaeology and an M.A. in History from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN and Illinois State University respectively. She has worked at the McLean County Museum of History for 15 years. Each year she helps to educate over 20,000 people in Central Illinois through educational programs like the Evergreen Cemetery Walk and History Careers Day Camp. About 9,000 of those individuals are school children and senior citizens who receive in-depth educational programs free of charge. Candace has almost twenty years of experience working in museum education with age groups ranging from K-12 to adults, and over thirteen years of historical research experience. She has extensive leadership and training experience and has helped other museums and organizations launch their own cemetery walks. Candace is very passionate about all aspects of history, and one of her primary goals is to instill a love for history in the people she educates, particularly students.

Hannah E. Johnson

Director of Youth & Family Education

Hannah holds a B.A. and a M.A. in History from Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University respectively. Among her professional experiences in the museum field are included internships with the David Davis Mansion, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives at ISU. Hannah has been employed by the Museum since May 2014. Along with a deeply rooted interest in the philosophies that guide educational programming at museums and other cultural institutions, Hannah possesses a personal affinity for local history and community, theater, family, food, and a little Russian literature on the side.

Kate Bass

Director of Adult Education

Kate holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Museum and Exhibition Studies from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively. Her professional experiences inside the museum field include assistantships within the National Public Housing Museum and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, both located in Chicago. With her background in Historical Archaeology, Kate is invested in bringing underrepresented histories and stories into the forefront of museums and using the museum as a tool for social change.