Previously I had the chance to sit with Ashlee Chilton from the International Museum of the Horse Sat the Kentucky Horse Park. Learning more about the educational programs offered at the museum, I wanted to sit with the Museum Director, Amy Beisel.
Amy has been at the museum for the past 6 years, with her last 2 in her current position as Museum Director. She started at the museum as the Curator of Collections after being the Registrar at the Hagley Museum in Delaware. Although she grew up in Lexington, she moved away for school to obtain her undergrad and graduate degree. She now resides in Georgetown with her husband and children.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Empowering the staff to do the best work they can do and providing them the resources to do their job well. I like finding the funds for what they need. We’ve got 4 full time staff and an assistant here at the museum. We also have a temporary staff member who works on a grant funded project. It’s exciting to see everything come together.
Outside of work, how do you spend your time?
I have young kids that are involved in a lot of activities, so it’s lots of family time. My leisure time is spent at the gym working out. I’m also a runner and like being a part of our Run Walk Club here at the park.
If money were no object, what would you do all day?
I’d volunteer. I love to help others and especially love animals. I’d probably be involved in an animal rescue and volunteer at a museum. I could fill every day with volunteer work. Here, at the museum, volunteers are very valuable. We utilize 100 volunteers through out the year. Our core volunteers are here every week doing behind the scenes project and manning the docent desk. Others work in the library cataloging a back log of work. We have a new youth volunteer program in the works.
If you had to hide a giraffe, where would you put it?
This is a perfect question for me and I’d have a lot of places here at the horse park. I think I would start it in the Alltech. I could keep moving it around do no one found it. Could dress it up for the breeds show or make it part of a scavenger hunt for the school programs.
Do you have a hobby?
I don’t know if you would call it a hobby, but I like to stay on top of taking care of myself. I enjoy working out and running. I did the half marathon in the Nike Womens Run held in San Francisco and trained with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Interesting part of the race, at the top of the hills they had oxygen bars. We went up every hill in San Francisco I think.
Do you have a secret talent?
I grew up as a musician and started playing the flute at the age of 6 and continued to play through college, even played competitively. My secret talent is that I can listen to a song twice and am able to recite all the lyrics back because of the music background. (She was also the drum major her senior year in high school.)
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