Karen Woodruff, Public Programs Manager at the Siloam Springs Museum, will be the first speaker at our March Meeting, Saturday, March 5th, 2016. She develops and presents educational programs for children and adults, including field trips and outreach programs, creates and conducts events, and helps with exhibits, design and advertising, social media, and website maintenance.
Karen graduated from Framingham State University in Massachusetts with a B.A. in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She’s worked in the Education Department in several museums and an aquarium for the past eight years. She’s looking forward to helping the Siloam Springs Museum grow and progress towards its future location on Broadway Street.
The annual Siloam Springs Heritage Festival, a family-friendly summer celebration of history, community, and traditional lifeways, is sponsored by the Museum. It takes place on the fourth Saturday of June in the historic downtown, in City Park and the adjacent Community Building. In addition to great music and food, and vendors selling traditional and handmade items, visitors can enjoy a walking tour of the Historic Downtown, craft demonstrations, Living History and musical performances, exhibits of historical items, heritage groups in historic garb and much more.
This year plans are to expand to include more musical performances, such as a barbershop quartet, and to include more cultural diversity with Hispanic and Native American dance performances, storytelling, and games. Plus, it is hoped to have participation from local artisans, such as area quilters, who keep traditional skills alive.