Meet the Board: Amanda Davidson


Amanda Davidson, Education and Tour Coordinator
Lorain County Historical Society

 

Tell us a little bit about where you work and what you do there?

I am the Education and Tour Coordinator at the Lorain County Historical Society. My day consists of scheduling, creating and presenting programs and tours, while also dabbling in marketing and community relations. LCHS  has some of the best employees and we all pitch in and do what needs to get done which I love.

What is your earliest museum memory?

My earliest museum memory was going to an art museum on a school field trip, in I want to say third grade. I honestly don’t remember much except I loved the Ancient Civilization’s gallery and wanted to spend my whole day in that one gallery.

What led you to go into the museum field?

The moment I realized I wanted to be in the museum field was when I started volunteering at a small museum in my hometown because I thought it would look good on a college application, at that time I wanted to be a history teacher. I was in the 10th grade and I have been pursuing a career or working in museums ever since.

What is your workspace like?

Extremely colorful and unique.

What item in your office can you not live without?

My unicorn coffee mug.

 Describe your favorite work memory. What was your best day like?

My favorite memory so far was when I was working at the National Archives and did story time for preschoolers from all over Washington DC.

What does your dream museum look like?

My dream museum is not a certain place but a concept. It would be a place that makes a difference in people’s lives and engages them in such a way that they change the world.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Always be prepared to network, you never know who you will meet when you go out. Also never make enemies, everyone in the museum community knows each other.

 What are you currently reading?

For work: “Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums,” by Johnnetta Betch Cole and Laura Lott

For fun: “Coffee: The Home Barista's Guide to Making the Perfect Cup,” by Mary Banks, Christine McFadden