Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 11, 2018


Sycamore, IL: July 3, 2018– The Board of Directors of the Midwest Museum of Natural History have selected Jessica Landau to be the new Executive Director effective July 7, 2018. Ms. Landau has an impressive background in natural history, most recently as lead instructor at the Wildwood Nature Center in Park Ridge. She has over ten years of museum experience, including fundraising, educational programming and curatorial work. As the associate curator at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, she curated several exhibits. Her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow examined taxidermy in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. She also has an extensive knowledge of natural history and the way animals are depicted in images and objects.
Along with her responsibilities as the part-time Executive Director of the Midwest Museum of Natural History, Ms. Landau will continue her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Art History. Her interest in art and the natural world are evident in both her work experiences and her education.
“I see the beauty in the natural world and believe museums, such as the Midwest Museum of Natural History, are central to sharing this beauty with the public”, says Ms. Landau. “I am looking forward to combining my experience as a museum curator, educator, and fundraiser in this position”.
In addition to a new Executive Director, Joe Troutman recently joined the Museum as the Curator of Exhibits and Collections. Mr. Troutman also has extensive museum experience and training including work at the Morton Arboretum, Wildwood Nature Center, and the Cleve Carney Art Gallery. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Along with the Curator of Education, Lauren Orton, the Museum relies on volunteers to assist with animal care, educational programs and outreach, and office support. The Museum welcomes new volunteers, particularly working at the front desk to welcome visitors. The volunteer application is available online at their website. Opened to the public in 2005, the Midwest Museum of Natural History’s mission is to encourage our community’s appreciation of natural history using shared experiences through collections, exhibits, and education. MMNH is a 501 c 3 nonprofit supported by its members and contributions. To learn more about the Museum’s programming and events, visit
The Midwest Museum of Natural History
425. W. State Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
PH: 630-895-9777
Web: http://www.mmnh.orgnew


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