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Rogers Historical Museum  


Director: John Burroughs

John joined the museum as Assistant Director in 2007 and enjoys working with the Rogers community. John earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a Museum Studies Graduate Certificate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a BA in History from Eastern Illinois University. His background includes experience with the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Saint Louis Science Center. John also has served on the Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation Board. He became director in October 2013.

Assistant Director: Terrilyn Wendling
Originally from Michigan, Terrilyn has been at the museum since 2006, having become curator of collections in 2008 and assistant director in October 2013. She received a B.A. in Archaeology and M.A. in American History and Museum Studies. Terrilyn was drawn to Museum Studies because museums make history more accessible to everyone using real historical objects and stories. This history buff is particularly interested in the Revolutionary Period and the Victorian Era, so she feels right at home in our 1895 Hawkins House. Terrilyn lives with her husband in Bentonville, and enjoys all types of crafts.

Curator of Collections:  Jami Roskamp

Joining the museum staff in 2013, Jami is the curator of collections. She enjoys helping the community connect with their museum through artifacts and history.  She has a B. A. in Anthropology from Augustana College and a M. A. in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.  Jami has a strong background in artifact preservation having worked for the Preservation Department in the University of Kansas Libraries and Archive.  When not working at the museum, Jami can be found drinking coffee and reading mystery novels.

Curator of Education:
Robert Rousey

A life long love of antiquity and cartographic theory has been the sustaining drive for Robert, since his early days growing up in rural Arkansas. He attended Kingston High School, until he graduated in 1994. Soon after he made his greatest decision of his young life, when he asked his sweetheart for her hand in marriage. Married now 14 years he resides in Bentonville with his wife, Eva, and daughter Ciarrah. Like his wife, he attended the University of Arkansas where he earned two Bachelor degrees, one in Geography and another in History, in 2005.  Robert worked for the museum as a volunteer, museum guide, and education assistant before being promoted to his current position.  In his spare time Robert enjoys fishing with his family, hunting with his Dad, reading, and map collecting. He especially likes old maps because, “map makers would put more history on maps, then explorers would put in their notes”.

Curator of Exhibits:
Richard Calloway

Originally from Austin, Texas, Richard now resides in Rogers and is enjoying getting to know all about his new home. He obtained his architectural degree from the University of Texas with a special interest in art and architectural history and is a licensed architect. Throughout his career, this interest and knowledge of historical detailing has benefited him in the completion of many historical restorations and addition/renovation projects. His background includes planning and project design, creating project details and specifications, material research, developing construction documents and overseeing construction. Richard’s hobby is building structures, remodeling his house and implementing small personal projects (sometimes called “tinkering”).

Adult Programs Educator: Monte Harris 

Monte has been with the Rogers Historical Museum since 1998. Her job at the museum includes adult presentations, oral history interviews, and presenting bus and walking tours of local historic sites. Monte is a fifth-generation resident of Benton County and a long-time student of history. A strong advocate of historic preservation, she has partnered with various county, state, and federal agencies to help document local history. Monte also has served on the Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation Board for more than 10 years.

Registrar: Jennifer Sweet
Jennifer's primary job responsibility is cataloging and storing our growing collection and helping with exhibits from time to time. But she also handles scheduling for school programs and helps with programs as needed. Jennifer has a B.A. in history and anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and an M.A. in history with an emphasis in archival, museum, and editing studies from Duquesne University. She has held several internships in museums large and small, giving her varied and valuable experience in collections care and cataloguing. Jennifer was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. She always liked history. But one summer she took a museum class that included an internship.
That experience got her interested in museums as a career. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys reading,
including historical fiction, and doing volunteer work.

Education Assistant: Ashley Sayers

 Ashley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Missouri State University.  During her undergraduate studies she took part in two internships: one at a history museum and the other at an art gallery.  During her internship at the art gallery she worked closely with the education coordinator and that was when she first became interested in museum education work.  Ashley loves to learn about new people, cultures, places, and things, which makes her full of random little factoids.  She is also a movie buff and enjoys all kinds of genres, including (but not limited to) comedy, horror, and science-fiction/fantasy.  Chances are, you will find Ashley watching a movie in her spare time.

Museum Office Manager: Patricia Campbell 

Pat has worked for the museum since 1989, starting out as a work study student doing anything that needed to be done. Through the years she has been secretary, Friends of the Museum membership secretary, education program presenter, education department secretary, and now office manager.
Pat is a bit of a computer whiz, and loves to learn new software and use new technologies. At home
she enjoys cooking, genealogy research, and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, 2 children and in-laws, as well as 5 grandchildren.

Museum Guide: SK Clark-Will

Born and raised in Rogers, since childhood SK’s aspiration was to enter a creative profession. However, opportunity and skills developed while being raised at Lakeside Resort led to a career in Recreation and Program Development for both general and special populations. After returning to Rogers in the mid 1980’s she fulfilled her dreams by starting an event planning business, Special Effects, that evolved into exhibit design and product presentations for retail vendors. Missing the joys of attending live theater, with the talented knowledge of others, SK co-founded the Rogers Little Theater.  Most cherished among her experiences are Ballroom Dancing with her Dad, being Danner’s Mom and caregiving for her remarkable Mother. Generally you can always find a rock in her pocket. SK is a fourth generation Rock Hound. Her menagerie of rescue animals include three dogs , three cats , two Pigmy goats and a 300 pound Sheep that thinks he’s a dog.

Museum Custodian: Dick Townsend

Dick has been the custodian since late in 2006. He grew up in the Prairie Creek area and graduated
from Rogers High School. Dick joined the Army after high school and served in the United States and
in South Korea, where he was a nurse at a field hospital. After his military service Dick returned to Rogers, where he worked for Wendt Sonis for almost thirty years. After retiring he went into the
property management business, which he enjoys because of the satisfaction he gets from buying
an old house and renovating it.


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