Kristen Van Hoven

kvh8@le.ac.uk

In 2014 I started my first year in the PhD program at the University of Leicester while living in Canada. I serve as the Outreach and Marketing Manager at the National EMS Museum in the USA, as well as the Curator for the Tollkeeper's Cottage Museum in Toronto. My interest in museums and healing is a life long passion and has taken me from small museums to hospital settings, allowing me to work with patients on many levels. 

Research interest/area:

My passion for medicine and museums has come together in my research topic, Museums and the Healing Arts.  Museums around the world are prime locations to offer healing enviornments and programs for patients and health care providers.  Through partnerships with hospitals and health care providers, museums can take a leading role in helping people and communities heal.

Academic/career achievements:

2011, Master of Arts, Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, concentration in museum technology and the role of museums in the 21st century

2006, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology from Hamline University, concentration on native interpretation and archaeology

On a personal, yet career related side note, I owned and operated a dance school specializing in Scottish Highland Dance for nearly 10 years and have taken students to competitions throughout the United States, Canada and Scotland. My passion for dance manages to sneek into many aspects of my life and is proving to be another great outlet for healing.

Conference Presentations:

2007, Teaching Native history to Elementary and Secondary Students, Minnesota Educators Association

2010, Identifying Hazardous Material in Your Collections,  Medical Museum Association & Association of Archivists and Librarians in the Health Sciences

2012, Social Media 101: Using Social Media to Share your Museum's Message, Museum Association of Arizona

2014, Confessions of an E-Volunteer, American Alliance of Museums

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