New Faces at the Museum

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce some of the new faces you might have seen around the Museum. Rebekah, Scott, Luana and Madeleine have come on board to offer the Museum their skills and talents as volunteers.

2017 volunteers

New 2017 Volunteers: Rebekah Kunes (top left), Scott Jauch (top right), Luana Lucato (bottom left) and Madeleine Strömback (bottom right)

Rebekah has recently joined us to “support the Museum in its mission of education; preserving and sharing the history of Sverige and Svensk immigrants to the United States.” Her parents came from Sweden (she is half Sami) and she is hoping to learn more about Swedish culture and her heritage. Rebekah lives in Evanston and works as a nanny now that her three children have gone off to college.

Scott recently moved to Chicago and is “hoping to get involved in [his] new neighborhood” by learning about one of the biggest cultural aspects of Andersonville. After graduating from the University of Indiana in December, Scott transported himself here and currently works at Berlin Packaging. Scott thoroughly enjoys running, volunteering, reading and meeting new people.

Luana and her husband recently moved to Chicago from Australia but she is originally from Brazil where she worked in marketing and advertising. While in Chicago, she is studying integrated marketing and is working to improve her English at DePaul University. She is very excited to learn about two cultures during her time here in Chicago.

Madeleine has joined us from Stockholm, Sweden. She moved to Chicago to pursue her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. She hopes to help the Museum reach a larger audience. Currently the Museum has four interns who look to gain valuable skills to take with them in future endeavors.

2017 Interns: Maribel Ruiz, Sarah Meister, and Mary Kate Williams

We have two interns working with the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store and Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, one with marketing and
communication and one with the curator. Sarah and Maribel are currently
working with the Museum Store but will soon start their work in the Children’s Museum. Both study psychology with an emphasis on early childhood at Northeastern Illinois University.

Sarah is a senior who will be graduating in May. She reflected on her experience interning at the Museum Store saying, “Out of this experience, I hope to gain a better understanding of the museum industry as a whole.” Sarah hopes to one day be a dance therapist to help children on the autism spectrum.

Maribel has a passion for working with children. As an intern at the Museum, she “hopes to learn the ways the museum presents cultural and immigration information to visitors of all ages.” After graduation, Maribel hopes to put what she learned toward her childhood psychology emphasis.

The communications department has gained a new intern, Mary Kate, who is an avid fan of museums and all things history. Mary Kate is a junior studying communication with an emphasis on film at Loyola University Chicago. She explains her love for historic institutions such as ours, saying, “Learning about new and interesting aspects of cultures and history is fascinating and a humbling way to realize how interconnected we all are on this earth.” Mary Kate helps with social media, marketing, planning and promoting for the Museum. She is very fond of her time here and hopes to one day go into museum work and create documentaries.


Moa Konow Hoffman

Moa is currently studying curatorial studies at Stockholm University with an emphasis on historical artifacts. She has a BA degree in Fashion Studies and a great interest in the cultural heritage of traditional Nordic folk costumes and the relationship between clothing and national identity. Moa hopes to learn more about the curatorial work at the museum and the Swedish-American culture.

Interns and volunteers are an integral part of the running of our Museum – they offer as much as they learn to our community here. It is our goal to make interns feel appreciated and valued while they are learning valuable, practical skills for their future endeavors.

– Mary Kate Williams