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Carnegie Museum Announces New Board Members

Carnegie Museum Announces New Board Members:

The Carnegie Historical Museum wishes to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors of the Museum. The Fairfield City Council in a February meeting made the appointments of Lawrence Eyre, Mary J. Keller and Karen Price to join the existing directors in moving our museum forward in the year 2021.

Mr. Eyre brings thirty plus years of teaching high school history courses, which will benefit the board. He is the Research Director for the Fairfield History Film Series from 2017 to the present. He is a native Iowan born in Davenport and has been a resident of Fairfield since 1981. “I love learning and teaching history and exploring Iowa’s heritage” said Mr. Eyre.

Ms. Keller has thirty-five years of computer and bookkeeping experience and will be working with data entry in the “Past Perfect” system storing and cataloguing the collection of the museum. She is a graduate of Pekin High School and has lived her adult life in the Fairfield Community.

Ms. Price has been a teacher for thirty-seven years and is very interested in developing curriculum materials for the museum, designing interactive self-tours, reaching out to classrooms for field trips, and publicizing the museum in the community.

The current board is looking forward to their participation and the introduction of new talents to further enhance the mix on the Carnegie Board of Directors. Members include: Mark Shafer, Director; Stan Plum, Curator; Therese Cummiskey, Secretary; Joe Hunt, Treasurer; David Neff, President; Shelley Urban and Sheri Blough Neff. Ex-Officio members include Gloria Countryman, President Carnegie Museum Foundation and Dr. Kay McPherson Ferguson representing Parsons College.

The Mission of the Carnegie Historical Museum…Our mission is to collect and interpret the history and culture of Fairfield, Jefferson County and the surrounding area. The Museum is located at 112 South Court Street, Fairfield, IA 52556. The web site can be found at

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