Lunch and Learn: Penny Peavler “Sharing Stories that Matter: Creating Exhibitions about our Region” April 18, 2017
Join us the third Tuesday of the month from January to November for a free program on topics of cultural interest. Reservations are required.
Peavler will talk about the museum’s exhibit planning process and narrative storytelling. She’ll share highlights from recently created exhibits such as Personal Stories from Pearl Harbor, which was developed from the Vincennes, IN collection of Rex Knight, and is now traveling the country. She will bring artifacts from the museum’s Alice Award winning exhibition, Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture, which explores the 80-year old WPA’s Index of American Design, a Federal Art Project, that documented the material culture of America’s first 200 years. She’ll close by sharing plans for the Bourbon Gateway project, an initiative with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, that is designed to position Kentucky and the region as the one true home of bourbon, America’s native spirit.
Penelope J. Peavler has been President and CEO of the Frazier History Museum since August, 2015. She oversees all aspects of the museum including operations, curatorial, education, and development and marketing oversight for the 10-year old institution, which is home to a number of significant historical collections and is exploring a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to create a Bourbon Gateway attraction for the region. The Frazier also presents and produces local, regional, American and international historical exhibitions.
Peavler has over 25 years of experience in the museum and attractions industry as a project director, interpretive planner, advancement and marketing officer, and operations director in hospitality, retail, restaurant, attractions, training, and human resources. Most recently, she served as Director of Brand Development for Weber Group, Inc., a national design, construction and specialty fabrication firm based in Sellersburg with broad experience in branded and educational environments. The firm’s clients include Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, the Columbus, Indianapolis, and Louisville Zoos, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Previously, Peavler served in a variety of roles at the Speed Art Museum, including Director of Public Information, Marketing and Membership, and Director of Special Projects. Her cultural attraction experience also includes marketing, special projects, and human resources positions at Kentucky Kingdom and Walt Disney World. She is a faculty member at Bellarmine University in the Department of Arts Administration. Passionate about Kentucky history and originally from Frankfort, Peavler’s family roots go back more than nine generations in the Commonwealth.