Helping to preserve history
Bowman Museum recently hired a full-time replacement for recently retired museum veteran Eloise Brummer.
Sadie Moss began her new position last week, and it appears that she is a great fit for the job.
"It's a perfect fit, because she is very qualified in the museum profession and trained in the museum profession," said Bowman Museum Historian Steve Lent.
He went on to say, "She is really enthusiastic and she blends in really well. She was also an intern here and is a great fit here and I think everyone is really going to enjoy coming in to visit."
Bowman Museum Director Sandor Cohen is excited to be able to hire a Crook County High School product.
"It's always great when you can get a Crook County graduate to come back, and particularly be skilled in things we need here in the museum. We were thrilled when we saw that she was available," commented Cohen.
The Prineville native, Moss is the daughter of Hank and Renee Moss. She gradated in 2016 from CCHS and recently received her bachelor's degree in history and a concentration in museum studies from Southern Virginia University. She was ecstatic when the position at her hometown museum opened up, thrilled to be able to come back and work in Prineville.
"In high school, we had to take a careers class and at the time I was very interested in library work," she explained of her evolving interest twoard museum studies.
They had to do two job shadows, and she was referred to do one job shadow at the Bowman Museum. The director and staff of the museum later offered her an internship the following summer.
"I fell in love with working in museums," said Moss.
The internship provided valuable hands-on experience. Altogether, she did internships in the summer of 2015, 2016 and one in December of 2019.
"You get to learn so much, and you get to work with amazing people. It really helps you to build a strong network," said Moss.
She felt extremely lucky to get the museum position as the field is extremely competitive. Positions do not come up very often.
Moss works full-time and helps with collections, inventorying artifacts, and working with Lent on history journal projects on the history of Prineville. Most days, you can also find her working at the front desk, greeting customers. Lent plans to reduce his museum duties over the next couple of years and the plan is for Moss to take over some of them.
"I just love that we get to delve into the history and you really get to feel like you know what is going on," Moss said enthusiastically. "You know the community and the people so much better and you want to make sure it lasts for everyone so they can experience that."
She believes that the community interaction is especially important in the museum field.
"I love people," Moss elaborated. "That is what you are working for, you are working so the community can preserve its history. I like that aspect of it."
Moss indicated that it has been fun to see how the museum has grown and changed since she was younger. She was raised to have a strong work ethic, which appears to be paying dividends.
"Working hard accomplishes so much and opportunities happen for a reason," she said with fervor. "It's really cool to think I get to be part of something that is going to last for other people to enjoy and experience — and I get to help make that possible."
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