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Dorette Sobolewski

Dorette Sobolewski

Research Coordinator Frontier Culture Museum

Professional Bio

In 2007, I visited Antietam National Battlefield--it turned out to be a career-deciding visit. The Park Rangers did such an outstanding job in bringing history to life in an engaging and edifying way that I was hooked. During college and grad school, I spent several summers interning and volunteering at various museums and National Park sites. These experiences solidified my decision to spend my career in the museum field.

As an emerging museum professional, I only have had two paid jobs at museums. My first one as a part-time guide at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello where I received exemplary training in historical interpretation. Since August 2017, I have been the full-time Research Coordinator at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of American frontier culture. This outdoor, living-history museum has eleven original or recreated exhibits which either show the origins or formation of frontier culture. Annually, we welcome about 80,000 visitors, almost half of them school children.

I treasure the multifaceted opportunities and challenges that come with working in a mid-sized museum. In my position, I have a range of past and present responsibilities such as historical research, program development, special events planning, staff training, and anything else that comes my way. I am also very grateful to have received excellent professional development through VAM and was delighted to complete VAM's "Virginia Certificate in Museum Management" in 2019. This program provides insight into both broad and specific areas of Museum Management and helped me to expand my competencies.

As I continue to grow and learn, I am excited to be part of the museum community at this point in time when inspiring industry leaders are challenging the status quo. Museums can be agents of change and I am elated to work towards this vision.

Company Info

Frontier Culture Museum Frontier Culture Museum PO Box 810 1290 Richmond Road
Staunton, VA 24402
540.332.7850
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Certificate in Museum Management Student
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