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Sustainability: Sarah Sutton

The Environmental Path to Healthier Communities


Sarah Sutton LEED-AP and Green Globes Professional leads Sustainable Museums, a consultancy helping the staff and leadership of cultural and natural resource organizations plan for a more sustainable future. She has been in the museum field for over thirty years as a grant writer, and consulting on sustainability for the last decade.

Sarah is the author of Is Your Museum Grant-Ready? Assessing Your Organization's Potential for Funding, Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and Museums, and The Green Nonprofit: The First 52 Weeks of Your Green Journey. She is co-author of both editions of The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Sustainability.

Wednesday / 6:00 pm / Grand Ely Lodge
Sponsor: Minnesota Transportation Museum


Creating Healthier Communities

Friday / 10:30 am / Grand Ely Lodge
Sponsor: Minnesota Digital Library


Creative Economies: Tanner Ott

(Re)Investing in History and Community


My first home was an old, red-brick schoolhouse turned bed & breakfast in Rocheport, a small river town in central Missouri. A few years later my family moved twelve miles east to Columbia, Missouri where my folks began their historic preservation/redevelopment business in the downtown district. Ever since I can remember, there was always a building project occupying my life; creating restaurants out of historic churches in Rocheport, art galleries out of rundown warehouse buildings in Columbia, and many more.

These projects led to my interest in building communities through real estate development. To complement this interest, I went up north to study finance at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. I now work in our family's historic preservation/redevelopment business. We have expanded our business into Ely, Minnesota where we are rehabilitating some of the town's most historically significant downtown buildings.

Thursday / 8:00 am / Grand Ely Lodge
Sponsor: Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, LLC


Diversity & Inclusion: Chris Taylor

The Will to Change: The relevance of museums

Chris Taylor is director of inclusion and community engagement for the Minnesota Historical Society, the state’s premier presenter of history exhibitions and programs. Chris coordinates programs aimed at continuous and sustained engagement of diverse communities at the Society; cultivates and supports relationships with community organizations; and works to increase training and professional development for employees at MNHS related to cultural competence and inclusion.

In addition, Chris teaches courses at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. Chris has been working to develop strategic partnerships between these educational institutions and the Minnesota Historical Society, and has also developed and taught curricula aimed at engaging undergraduate students in exploring careers in education, museums and public history; as well as increasing the diversity of the students population enrolled in these courses. Chris has a B.A. in social studies and secondary education from the University of St. Thomas, and a M.A. in museum education from Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Friday / 8:30 am / Grand Ely Lodge
Sponsor: Minnesota Digital Library



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