Meet Callison Stratton!
As you know, the last few months have been full of excitement and change here at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Last week, we introduced to you our new Director of Public Programming and Internships, Yael Amit. Today, we’d like to give a special shout out to new Director of Visitor Services, Callison Stratton!
Callison joined our staff this April, just as we underwent the installation of our first building-wide exhibition since restoration. Despite the added pressure (and maybe a little chaos!), Callison rose to the occasion. She’s become an immediate part of our family and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board. As Director of Visitor Services, Callison coordinates the volunteer docent team and oversees the daily operations at the Museum. In the short time that she has been with us, she has already begun to make her mark, offering a fresh new perspective to our staff and organization as a whole.
A born and bred New Yorker, Callison has dedicated years to the preservation and scholarship of historic spaces. Before beginning her career, Callison received her Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Skidmore College. She then moved to Ireland, where she earned her Masters of Philosophy in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin. Her research focused on how American cultural identities are shaped by museums. Callison explored how popular culture and public commemorations not only amplify existing historical narratives, but in fact contribute to their formation.
From Dublin, Callison made another big move – to the small city of Butte, Montana. In Butte, she served as the Curator of the Historic Clark Chateau Museum. She was instrumental in the transformation of the historic mansion into a museum and humanities center. During her tenure at the Clark Chateau, she co-founded The Root & The Bloom Collective, a non-profit dedicated to promoting public education through historic preservation projects, including the transformation of the historic Mayor Henry Jacobs House into a Jewish heritage center.
Callison has spent years now working in the creation of several cultural and educational centers. Along with her unique international perspective, Callison’s practical experience in the realm of historical and cultural preservation lends itself perfectly to the work we do here at Eldridge Street. Not only will she will be useful in strategizing about the future of our Museum, but Callison doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty and fixing those myriad on-site challenges that come up so often at historic sites! We could not be more excited to welcome her aboard. We hope you’ll do the same!