There’s a new face at the Carver County Historical Society.
Meet Jeremy Murray, the museum’s new curator. We recently chatted him up, and this is what we learned about the Iowa native.
“I studied history at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and worked in history museums while interning with the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, part of the Grout Museum District, in Waterloo, Iowa.
“After my undergraduate studies I attended graduate school at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in pursuit of a master’s degree in History. After one year of studies, I added a second master’s study in Museum Studies, graduating with both degrees in 2014.
“Before making my way to the Carver County Historical Society, I worked with numerous institutions, including Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago; Kenilworth Historical Society, Kenilworth, Illinois; National World War I Museum & Memorial, Kansas City Missouri; and National Hellenic Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
“I am excited to be a part of the outstanding Carver County Historical Society team and am eager to start digging into and preserving the rich history Carver County possesses.”
1How did your interest in history develop?
A: I grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa outside of Fredericksburg, Chickasaw County. I started reading history at an early age to find out more about the stories from the John Wayne westerns and war movies I watched with my dad. Also, to find out more about my grandfather’s and great uncles’ experiences as a soldiers and sailors in World War II, as they very rarely talked about their service.
This eventually led to me frequently getting in trouble with my middle and high school history teachers, as I felt I studied enough in the subject to not pay attention in classes.
2 What is it about history museums that drew you to a career?
A: History museums aren’t the names, dates, and events of the history textbooks in the classroom, but the stories of the day to day and the individual told in the physical. History museums provide the opportunity for people to experience a special connection with their history through artifacts, photos, and documents that reading alone can’t provide.
To quote the Jamaican politician, Marcus Garvey, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” The connections museums create to history can help us understand and appreciate the world we live in today.
3 How do you spend your free time?
A: I savor spending time with Rachel, my wife of five years, and our 2-year-old golden retriever, Kreacher (yes, named after the Harry Potter character). We are outdoors people, enjoying hiking, paddling, camping, and rock climbing. Having both spent a large amount of time in Minnesota while growing up in neighboring Iowa, we are excited to make Carver County home and take in the wonderful outdoor experiences the area has to offer.
— Unsie Zuege