Lesley Barker

LesleyBarkerlapb2@le.ac.uk

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RESEARCH INTERESTS/AREAS

Using a participatory photo-voice visual research methodology, my research will investigate whether three American Historic House Museums in St. Louis, Missouri, preserve and interpret evidence of past inter-cultural encounters in the United States

SUPERVISORS

Richard Sandell and Sheila Watson

ACADEMIC/CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Since 2009 I have served as the executive director of the Bolduc House Museum of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. This is an 18th century French colonial American historic site and National Historic Landmark where I am leading a significant expansion to tell the larger story of New France in the Spanish Illinois Country of Upper Louisiana prior to the Louisiana Purchase via living history and the development of an outdoor museum campus. Prior to this position, I was an independent strategic planning consultant and grant-writer for newer, smaller, and transitioning non-profit organizations. I also have considerable professional experience as an elementary school teacher, a freelance writer, and as an optometric vision therapist.

In 1982, I earned a BA in Sociology from Washington University. In 2002, I earned a Master's degree in Teaching (MAT) from Webster University.

PUBLICATIONS

Barker, Lesley. St. Louis Gateway Rail - The 1970s. Arcadia Publishing. South Carolina. 2006.

Barker, Lesley. Eye Can Too! Read (Series of three e-books). HomeSchoolInc.com. Chicago. 2008.

Barker, Lesley. Engaging New and Repeat Audiences Online and In Person with a Memorable Mascot. in Reid, Debra, editor. ALHFAM Proceedings of the 2013 Conference and Annual Meeting. The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, North Bloomfield, OH Vol. XXXVI. 2014.

Barker, Lesley. An Editorial: Visual Research Submissions & the Field of Museum Studies. Museological Review. Vol. 19. 2015.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

American Dream or Nightmare: the OTHER Colonial America through the Life of Louis Bolduc, a lecture at the 2012 Smithsonian Institute's Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.

The Role of the Colonial Dames in the Historic Preservation of Ste. Genevieve 1949-2012 at the 2012 History Conference of the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, repeated in 2013 at Southeast Missouri State University's Introduction to Historic Preservation.

Before the Midwest: Multiculturalism in the Mid-Mississippi Valley Lost & Found Again, a presentation at the 2012 Fall Conference of the Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Engaging New & Repeat Audiences Online and In Person with a Memorable Mascot, a presentation at the 2013 ALHFAM International Conference in Akron, Ohio.

From First Encounter to Future Funder, (February 2014) a presentation at the 2014 Small Museum Association Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. Repeated at the 2015 Midwest Regional Conference for ALHFAM/Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council in Collinsville, Illinois

STEM Meets Living History, (March 2014) a presentation at the 2014 Spring Conference of the Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The American Historic House Museum, Past Inter-cultural Encounters in the United States and the Shaping of an American Cultural Identity, (June 2014) a preliminary presentation at the University of Leicester Museum Studies Research Week.

Living History at the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair, (March 2015) at the 2015 Midwest Regional Conference for ALHFAM/Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council in Collinsville, Illinois

Louis Bolduc's Grand-daughter - Mme Louise LaMarque and the Connections between Ste. Genevieve and Old Mines, Missouri (April 2015) at the Old Mines Historical Society Conference, Old Mines, Missouri

 

EXHIBITS

The Way We Worked (Ste. Genevieve) - an oral history exhibit about work in Ste. Genevieve created in conjunction with the 2011 Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, The Way We Worked, of the Smithsonian Institute and the Missouri Humanities Council and available online at http://bolduchouse.org/TwwwArchive.aspx

The New Madrid Earthquakes - a Bicentennial Commemorative Exhibit at the Bolduc House Museum 2011-2012

This Community of Cultures - the African Experience in Colonial Ste. Genevieve at the Bolduc House Museum 2013-2014

Bousilliage and Vertical Logs at the Bolduc House Museum's Linden House, April 2015

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