Helen Divjak

Interpretation Manager at National Army Museum

Location
London, United Kingdom
Industry
Museums and Institutions

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Helen Divjak's Overview

Current
Past
  • Manager of Programs and Community Engagement at Museum of History & Industry
  • Advisory Board, Certificate Program in Genealogy & Family History, University of Washington at Advisory Board of the Genealogy & Family History
  • Lecturer in Museology at University of Washington Graduate Program in Museology
  • Public Programs Manager at Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
  • Board Member & Secretary for the Board at Association of King County Historical Oragnizations
  • Volunteer at Fremont Historical Society
  • Visitor Services Representative at Museum of History & Industry
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Helen Divjak's Summary

Organized, flexible, and enthusiastic museum professional with superior written and interpersonal communication skills, strong public speaking skills, plus ten years experience in the creative and administrative sectors of heritage and cultural organizations.

Specialties

Specialized knowledge of museum practices, with particular emphasis on community outreach. Famliar with oral history and historic preservation practices, and the protection of cultural property.

Helen Divjak's Experience

Interpretation Manager

National Army Museum

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

February 2013Present (1 year 8 months) London, UK

• Champion the interpretive vision for the museum's "Building for the Future" developments and permanent galleries' redesign (please see: http://www.nam.ac.uk/microsites/future/).
• Provide museum staff with advice, guidance and training on best interpretative practices in order to ensure quality and consistency.
• Working across departments and with contractors, ensure the design solutions and gallery content meets the goals of the Interpretation & Learning Strategy, as well as the needs of diverse audiences.

Manager of Programs and Community Engagement

Museum of History & Industry

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

January 2011August 2012 (1 year 8 months) Seattle, WA

• Community Engagement: established and fostered working partnerships with a variety of local non-profits, community groups, businesses, governmental offices, and local residents
• Audience Development: attracted new audiences and supporters by initiating innovative, heritage-based content and delivery methods
• Institutional Planning: participated in exhibit development of the museum’s critically-acclaimed new facility, opened 2012 (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/arts/design/museum-of-history-industry-reopens-in-seattle.html?_r=0)
• Program Management: directed over 100 mission-driven programs and events per year for diverse audiences
• Departmental Supervision: supervised and trained 2 departmental staff members, plus approximately 20 interns and volunteers
• Historical Research: conducted original historical research and interpretation into museum’s collection and associated primary materials
• View some of Helen's 2011, nationally award-winning projects at: http://www.mohai.org/explore/mohai-minutes

Advisory Board, Certificate Program in Genealogy & Family History, University of Washington

Advisory Board of the Genealogy & Family History

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2011August 2012 (1 year 8 months)

Assist in curriculum development for university-level certificate program; Promote benefits of genealogical research to community-building

Lecturer in Museology

University of Washington Graduate Program in Museology

October 2011April 2012 (7 months) Greater Seattle Area

Co-Instructor for postgraduate-level courses in Museology and Museum Management. Course content included the history and historiography of museums, as well as current professional theories and best practices.

Public Programs Manager

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

January 2006December 2010 (5 years)

• Departmental Management: created, managed, and executed over 75 on-site and virtual programs per year, including workshops, lecture series, panel discussions, historic tours, family events, podcasts and videos
• Audience Development: increased annual attendance to museum’s public programs by 15% since 2005
• Institutional Planning: participated in exhibit development of the museum’s new facility, slated to open 2012
• Personnel Management: supervised, trained and evaluated departmental interns and volunteers

Board Member & Secretary for the Board

Association of King County Historical Oragnizations

January 2006April 2009 (3 years 4 months)

Increased public awareness and funding opportunities for over 140 organizations and individuals committed to history and heritage in King County. Secured support from King County Council members to establish public funding and favorable legislation for heritage projects and historic preservation.

Volunteer

Fremont Historical Society

20042008 (4 years)

Contributed to the preservation and land-marking of historic structures in through archival research and community advocacy. Authored publication on the Fremont history (2006) to increase local awareness and appreciation of community’s growth and heritage

Visitor Services Representative

Museum of History & Industry

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

June 2005October 2005 (5 months)

Provided on-site orientation and information services to over 1,000 museum visitors per month. Supplied clerical support to approximately 40 staff members, trustees, and volunteers per day.

Helen Divjak's Publications

Helen Divjak's Projects

  • "MOHAI Minute" On-line Video Series

    • January 2010 to December 2012
    Team Members: Helen Divjak

    Comprised of over 40 short video documentaries, the MOHAI Minute video series was created and produced by Divjak - in tandem with Peder Nelson - in order to broaden the Museum's reach, while also taking advantage of current trends in media and cross-generational learning.

  • Places of Invention, Smithsonian Institute & Lemelson Center

    • November 2011 to August 2012
    Team Members: Helen Divjak

    Working with community partners, this project seeks to document and explore the origins, development, and future of the gaming industry in Seattle and the larger Puget Sound region. “Places of Invention” is a nation-wide initiative, managed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

  • Cheshiahud Challenge

    • January 2012 to July 2012
    Team Members: Helen Divjak
  • Discovering AYP

    • November 2008 to October 2009
    Team Members: Helen Divjak

    "Discovering A-Y-P" was an award-winning exercise in civic literacy, as local residents of all ages explored Seattle's developing 20th-century urban identity through researching one historic event: Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909.
    Over the course of one year, Discovering A-Y-P’s workshops and seminars - led by MOHAI’s Helen Divjak and Dr. Lorraine McConaghy - nurtured approximately 200 community members of various ages, backgrounds, skills, and interests through the process of conducting archival research and historic interpretation. The project results in: 1) a union catalogue of thousands of primary and archival resources related to the 1909 Expo; 2) A conference, comprised of presentations made by scholars and amateur history enthusiasts; 3) a documentary film, Shaking the Shelves (available for viewing on You Tube here: http://youtu.be/jHtyF7fAo1E ).

  • Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo - Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair (Documentary)

    • 2009 to 2009
    Team Members: Helen Divjak

    This one-hour documentary, broadcast on PBS throughout 2009, celebrates the centennial of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition otherwise known as Seattle first world`s fair.
    Divjak was interviewed for her expertise on the women's suffrage movement, which gained momentum during this national event.

Helen Divjak's Languages

  • German

Helen Divjak's Skills & Expertise

  1. Museums
  2. Museum Education
  3. Museum Collections
  4. Community Outreach
  5. History
  6. Volunteer Management
  7. Non-profits
  8. Exhibit Design
  9. Grant Writing
  10. Fundraising
  11. Research
  12. American History
  13. Art History
  14. Event Planning
  15. Editing
  16. Archives
  17. Social Media
  18. Digitization
  19. Program Development
  20. Archival Research

Helen Divjak's Education

University of Washington

MA, Early Modern European History

20022004

Master’s Thesis: "The Scourge of God: Images of the Turk and European Identity"
Areas of Specializations: Early Modern Europe, Renaissance & Reformation, Material Culture

Activities and Societies: Writing Tutor, Teaching Assistant for the Department of History

University of Washington

Certificate, Museum Studies

20022004

Macalester College

BA, History & German Studies (concentrating on Early Modern European Military History)

19972001

Foreign Study Completed:
University of North Carolina (in Vienna, Austria): July, 1999
Sprachinstitut, Tuebingen, Germany: January-March, 2000
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria: March- July, 2000

Activities and Societies: Recipient of the Keck Grant for Collaborative Research in History Symphony Orchestra (cello)

Helen Divjak's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

museum leadership, community outreach, the protection of cultural property, down-hill skiing, international travel

Groups and Associations:

- Member of the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) - Member, American Association of Museums - Certified Institutional Protection Manager, 2010 (International Foundation for Cultural Property Management - Member, Museums Assocaition (UK) - Member, World Affairs Council - Member, American Association of State and Local History - Member,Association of King County Historical Organizations - Member. Fremont Historical Society

Honors and Awards:

- Association of State & Local History (AASLH) 2011 Award of Merit for "MOHAI Minutes"
- Washington Museums' Association 2011 Award of Excellence for "MOHAI Minutes"
- Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) 2011 Willard Jue Memorial Award for Outstanding Staff Contributions
- Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) 2011 Technology Award for "MOHAI Minutes"
- American Association of Museums (AAM) Emerging Museum Professional Fellow, 2010
- Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) 2009 Short-Term Project Award for "Discovering AYP"
- AASLH Award of Merit for Public Programming Component of Blue Vs. Grey, 2009
- Luckee Agee Waller Scholarship for Studies in History, 2003
- J. Huntley Dupré Award for Studies in European History, 2001
- Keck Grant Recipient for Collaborative Research in History, 2000

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