My name is Kristin O'Lear and I am the new Curatorial Research Fellow with the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. I am originally from Macomb, Michigan and received my bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in International Relations and German. I am currently finishing my Master's degree in History, with a concentration in Public History, at East Carolina University in North Carolina.
IVDM is unique from other museums and historical sites I've previously worked at. I am impressed with the museum's mission to be more than just four walls and serve not as a space for interpretation, but rather as a platform highlighting local history and culture, particularly through its community outreach and educational programs. In my short time here in Imperial Valley, its clear that its history is rich and complex. I am excited to be new member of the team here at IVDM and be a small part of the museum's effort to promote and preserve the history of Imperial Valley!