The Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center this week announced the appointment of John Burroughs as its executive director.

Burroughs will be joining the museum staff on April 6.

As executive director, Burroughs will oversee all aspects of the museum, including exhibit development, collections, budgets, funding campaigns, and programming, just to name a few.

He will work with the Board of Directors, curator Guy Darrough, the current management team, and community partners to ensure that the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center exceeds public expectations, honors Ste. Genevieve’s commitment to its historic roots, fosters excitement and interest for world history and natural history in children and adults alike.

“We are creating a world class facility and John’s enthusiasm for the development of our museum and willingness to apply his extensive experience to all aspects of the project, as well as his professionalism make him a perfect fit for our organization,” said Robert Wolk, chairman of the Board of Directors for the museum. “We are excited to have him on board.”

Burroughs grew up helping on the family farm in southern Illinois.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Illinois University.

He received a master’s of public administration and policy analysis, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in museum studies from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

He has worked in museums for more than 15 years and has been associated with St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri Civil War Museum.

See complete story in the February 26 edition of the Herald.