Dubois County Museum announces New Director
The Dubois County Museum announced and welcomed at the membership dinner at the museum. The new director is Shirley J. Ray. Shirley J. Ray is a native of Knox County, Indiana. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and her Masters of Arts degree in Museum Studies at the University of Nebraska. In the past twenty years, she has served as Executive Director at museums in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana, often serving as the first professional staff at these institutions. For the past 10 years, she has also served as an adjunct professor in the Social Sciences department at Vincennes University.
Ray was the first Executive Director of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes after she secured a 1.3 million dollar funding grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. These funds were the final step in a long range plan for the development of a museum honoring the legacy of Red Skelton. The museum opened on July 18, 2013.
This is the first director hired by the Dubois County Museum. The Dubois County Museum is celebrating their 21st year in 2020. The museum is located at 2704 N. Newton Street in Jasper in the former Jasper Corporation Manufacturing building previously owned by Kimball International. The museum calls itself the largest county museum in Indiana due to over 44,000 pieces in their collection and 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. Except now for the director, the museum is operated exclusively by volunteers with over 150 volunteers donating over 10,000 hours to the museum. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10-2 p.m., 10-4 p.m. on Saturday, 1-4 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday. Call 812-634-7733. Admission is charged.