Last March I was offered the amazing opportunity to join the staff of the Neville as the Research Technician. From helping launch our online image collection Snapshots in Time, to planning youth and adult programs, and to working with our team on the upcoming Life and Death at Fort Howard exhibit, I’ve learned a lot about the museum itself and about the community of Green Bay. Being from the Madison area I was aware of the Neville and the role Green Bay played in state history (and of course the Packers), but over the past 8 months my family and I have come to learn what a great place to live this really is. I’m excited to share that I’ve recently been offered the chance to continue my career path here at the Neville by moving into the Education and Events Coordinator position. I look forward to many more years of providing my friends and neighbors with the types of experiences that make the Neville such a valuable and unique resource.
In this new role I hope to support the Neville’s mission of “Bridging Communities, Connecting Generations” by finding the best ways to serve the many groups and audiences we have here in Brown County. In the coming months we will be rolling out a handful of new program series’ for kids, families, and adults, and will continue to make changes to our school and youth programs to better fit the needs of educators. We’ll also be developing programs for scouts, planning summer camps, and making ourselves available for outreach education beyond the museum’s walls. I look forward to continuing to be part of the exhibit design team where I’ll work to develop interactive and hand’s-on elements for our exhibits that will bring them to life for visitors of all ages.
I can’t say “thank you” enough to my colleagues, new friends, and the community of Green Bay for being so welcoming to my family and me. I can’t wait to return the favor through my work here at the Neville Public Museum.
Ryan Swadley, Education and Events Coordinator