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KIMBERLY SELINSKE

Historian
M.A. in History | Museum Studies

ABOUT ME

Kimberly Selinske is a Women's Historian at Death Valley National Park, researching, conducting oral histories, and developing new interpretative content. I graduated from the Public History Master's program at Colorado State University in 2019 with a concentration in Museum Studies and the history of gender & sexuality. As an intern at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, I learned archival and curatorial standards through the preservation of presidential documents and objects. Communicating history to the public in new and engaging ways is my core passion, and I look forward to working towards that goal in all future endeavors.

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Experience

HISTORIAN
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
GREAT BASIN INSTITUTE 

July 2020 - Present

  • Conduct original research to expand the park's narrative regarding women, mining, and the formation of the park

  • Collaborate with Interpretation staff to translate research into interpretive programming for the public

  • Assist in collections management through object rehousing, environmental monitoring, and integrated pest management

  • Conduct oral histories to better document recent park history

  • Research and write determinations of eligibility for various park properties to comply with Section 106 requirements

  • Work with partners for Cooperative Agreements, Value Analyses, and grants

COLLECTIONS VOLUNTEER
AVENIR MUSEUM OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING

August 2018 - June 2019

  • Learned embARK software in inventorying collections

  • Created an archiving system for loose records

  • Designed advertisements and banners in Illustrator 

HISTORIAN
COVINA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

July 2018 - Present

  • Organized oral history program for aging members

  • Researched church and local religious history for 100th anniversary

  • Communicated with church base to tell collaborative stories

VOLUNTEER IN ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST

April 2017 - June 2018

  • Facilitated guest experiences with Forest Service staff

  • Provided seasonal and daily safety updates to all guests

  • Monitored trail safety and local animal safety at top of drive into the trailhead for Sturtevant.

ENGLISH TEACHER

February 2016 - February 2017

  • Taught English to Korean elementary students from Grades 1 - 6

  • Planned and lead successful summer camp to encourage immersive learning

  • Developed unique communication skills to overcome language barrier

BAGS PACKED AND HEADED TO THE ROCKIES EXHIBIT

January 2018 - May 2018

  • Designed digital walking tour through Fort Collins, CO

  • Collaborated with local businesses to establish mini exhibit spaces along tour to encourage guest engagement

  • Created all panels in the physical museum exhibit

  • Designed cases and installed artifacts and mounts

  • Facilitated opening night speech and guest flow

LOUNGING IN THE 60S: FORGOTTEN FURNISHINGS OF BEAVER MEADOWS VISITOR CENTER

August 2017 - December 2017

  • Built online exhibit for archivist of Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Problem solved code issues and exhibit pathways in digital experiences

  • Developed a Scalar website that serves archivists, researchers, and guests

GRADUATE STUDENT
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

August 2017 - May 2019

  • Conducted original archival research for a paper on gender in animation history

  • Fostered teamwork within cohort through clear, supportive communication

  • Taught undergraduate students American History after 1876

DIGITAL INTERN
DIGITAL LIBERAL ARTS HUB @ CSU

January 2018 - May 2018

  • Built a large-scale Gephi project for College of Liberal Arts

  • Developed demo website & tutorials for Scalar, Omeka, & Gephi

  • Mastered spreadsheets and metadata management

INTERN
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

May - August 2018

  • Learned application of Collections Management practices

  • Collaborated with various departments on different projects

  • Managed the museum's Instagram account for 2 months

CURATOR
HURST RANCH HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

June 2018 - December 2018

  • Created digital database, with a physical copy for the board

  • Photographed and inventoried all items in historic house 

  • Taught staff to implement more consistent conservation policies

EDUCATION

MA IN PUBLIC HISTORY
CONCENTRATION IN MUSEUMS

August 2017 - June 2019

  • Project experience with NPS and local museums

  • Presented museum and teaching techniques multiple times

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant  for undergraduate survey courses

BA IN HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE

August 2012 - December 2015

  • Graduated Cum Laude

  • Revitalized the History Club through social media

  • Member of Phi Alpha Theta Honor and National Society for Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

UC RIVERSIDE

Summer 2015

  • Learned from new professors about the history of politics on the global economy

  • Worked with others students to develop local solutions to global problems

SEMESTER AT SEA

January 2014 - April 2014

  • Balanced 3 courses with visiting 11 countries in 4 months

  • Earned perfect grades to get Honor Roll onboard

  • Contrasted book learning with experiential trips within countries

 

SKILLS

 
 
 

LET’S CONNECT

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