Candace Summers, Director of Education, 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 eleven years. Each year she helps to educate over 14,000 people in Central Illinois through educational programs like the Evergreen Cemetery Walk and History Careers Day Camp. About 8,000 of those individuals are school children and senior citizens who receive in-depth educational programs free of charge. Candace has over a decade 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, Education Program Coordinator, 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.
Anthony Bowman, Education Outreach Coordinator, holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Historical Administration from Blackburn College and Eastern Illinois University respectively. He has worked in museums, nature centers, and corporate archives throughout the area. In these roles, he has cared for historical collections and led educational programming for audiences of all ages. Anthony first interned at the McLean County Museum of History in 2009 and has been employed by the Museum since July 2014. He is deeply interested in how museums and social service organizations can work together to improve a community’s quality of life.