Our Graduating Graduate Assistants – Allison Hennie

hennie_photoAs we move toward the end of this school year, our four graduate assistants Patricia Harris, Allison Hennie, Brooke Mundy, and Carolyn Trimble will “graduate” from Chucalissa.  Over the next few weeks we will feature the contributions of these individuals to the C.H. Nash Museum and their future plans.

To begin Allison Hennie has been a GA at Chucalissa for the last three semesters while completing the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program and her first semester of PhD studies in the Department of Earth Sciences.  Beginning the Fall Semester of 2014, Allison will serve as a Teaching Assistant in Earth Sciences.

Before and during her tenure as a Chucalissa GA, Allison used her training in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.A. in Applied Anthropology, coupled with her professional experience to coordinate several projects at Chucalissa including:

  • Designed and coordinated AmeriCorps build projects including the dormitory pergola, temple mound ghost house, and nature trail rain shelter.
  • Utilized Chucalissa as a living laboratory in which to experiment and consider a landscape literacy of the 40-acre earthwork complex.  (See her recent photo blog.)
  • Enhanced outdoor portions of the museum and envisioned the future of indoor museum spaces.
  • Created a series of graphic design elements to educate visitors about the Chucalissa site and the Museum’s offerings.

Allison credits the experience at Chucalissa as instrumental to her creating mission and vision statements for other museums and developing a focus for her PhD studies around the dual concepts of landscape literacy and the built environment.  She also reports that interaction with visitors at Chucalissa was a highlight of her GA experience.

Allison recently published an article in the journal Practicing Anthropology that reviews her evolving interests in museums, anthropology, and architecture.

We wish Allison the best in her future studies!

About C.H. Nash Museum

The mission of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, a division of the University of Memphis, is to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments, and to provide the University Community and the Public with exceptional educational, participatory, and research opportunities on the landscape’s past and present Native American and traditional cultures.
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