The Rhode Island Historical Society has named Geralyn Ducady Director of its Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs after a two-month search.
Ducady joins the RIHS from Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, where she served as Curator of Programs and Education for nine years.
Before joining the Haffenreffer, she served as the Education Coordinator at the San Diego Museum of Man and as the Education Outreach Coordinator for San Diego State University’s Archaeological Collections Management Program. Ducady received her B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Boston University and her M.A. in Anthropology from San Diego State University. She also currently serves as the Recording Secretary on the Executive Board of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter.
Ducady has a journal article coming out in this month’s issue of in Advances in Archaeological Practice put out by the Society for American Archaeology titled “Museum Education and Archaeology: Using Objects and Methodology to Teach 21st-Century Skills in Middle School” based on a partnership program between the Haffenreffer Museum, the RISD Museum, and the Joukowsky Insitute for Archeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, called “Think Like an Archaeologist.” She was one of the founding members of this partnership, helped develop the curriculum, taught, and trained university students to teach the program. She also conducted public archaeology research in Belize this past June, and her work will be featured as a chapter in a book about public engagement and education in archaeology.
“We could not be more excited to have Geralyn joining our team. Her expertise in explaining cultures and peoples through artifacts, as well as her many years developing museum education programming and curriculum, dovetail perfectly with the RIHS’s mission to share all of Rhode Island’s history with all Rhode Islanders,” RIHS Executive Director C. Morgan Grefe said. “Our collections are the backbone of our educational initiatives, and Geralyn is the perfect person to elevate our work inside and outside our museums.”
“I’m thrilled to join the motivated and dynamic team at the Rhode Island Historical Society,” said Ducady, whose research interests include public archaeology, museum education, Native American and African American stereotypes, multicultural education, and issues of race and ethnicity in America from anthropological and social perspectives.
“I’m looking forward to furthering the RIHS’s mission to connect with Rhode Island’s many communities, and to providing public and school programming that is interesting as well as educational.”
Current initiatives for the RIHS’s Goff Center for Education and Public Programs include:
- The Anchor Schools Program, which identifies one Rhode Island school district each year (in 2015-16, the Burrillville School Department) as the recipient of professional development training for teachers, curriculum assistance, and digitized resources at no cost to them
- The EnCompass digital textbook, undertaken in partnership with Providence College (seeing release on October 19)
- Increased and updated All-Ability programming and educational opportunities at RIHS sites, including the award-winning SensAbilities Saturdays at the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket