Senior Director, Guest Experience and Educational Services
Minnesota Historical Society
Melanie Adams is the Deputy Director, Learning Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society where she oversees education, development, MNHS press, and 26 historic sites. She is responsible for the developing and implementing relevant and engaging visitor experiences that support the organization’s mission to use the power of history to transform lives. Before joining MNHS, she served as the Managing Director for Community Education and Events at the Missouri Historical Society for twelve years.
In her role with the Missouri Historical Society, she created the community education and events department and strengthened the museum’s ties to the community. To compliment her work at the museum, she was active in the community by serving on numerous boards including nine years on the St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board. She is past president of the Association of Midwest Museums and current council member of the American Association of State and Local Historical Societies. She was an adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she taught classes on Critical Race Theory and the history of African American education in Missouri. Her writing credits include articles in Museum Magazine, AASLH Magazine, and a recently published children’s book on St. Louis Civil Rights history. She received her B.A from the University of Virginia, her M.Ed from the University of Vermont, and her Ph.D from the University of Missouri.
Monday, May 20
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM