Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the Monroe County History Center. Bloom has republished it here with edits for style and clarity.

Daniel Schlegel Jr.

The Monroe County History Center welcomes a new director. Daniel Schlegel Jr., began the position on July 6.

Schlegel is an experienced museum professional with 20 years of experience in the field. His career began in his home state of Ohio with the completion of a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from Kent State University and a master’s degree in public history from Wright State University. Following stints in local interpretation, visitor experience, archiving, and exhibits in Dayton and at Wright State, Schlegel served as the executive director of the Scurry County Museum in Snyder, Texas, from 2010 to 2018.

“Monroe County’s History Center grows in capacity and reach every year. We are confident this trend will continue with the leadership of our new yet experienced director,” says Phil Stafford, board of trustees president.

The Monroe County History Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and present the genealogy, history, and artifacts of Monroe County, Indiana, and provide an accessible learning environment for all to enjoy.

Schlegel comes to Monroe County after serving as the director of operations at the Mines Museum of Earth Science in Golden, Colorado. Despite a love of natural history, he says his love for social history took precedence and that he is excited about his new role and “very impressed with the quality and scope of the Monroe County History Center staff, programming, and volunteer corps,” according to a press release.