The Springfield Journal-Register is reporting, “After being shuttered since August, the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum at Seventh and Cook streets reopens Thursday with a new volunteer curator and a new approach to its mission. Visitors won’t notice many changes initially, but the changes will come as part of a multi-year process to professionalize the museum and its collection.
Chuck Hill, a Springfield native and University of Illinois Springfield history graduate, became the new volunteer curator in October. In exchange for his services, he receives free rent and utilities while living in the apartment attached to the museum. Hill has worked as an archivist at a variety of organizations over 25 years.
“I was brought in to help bring the museum up in standards, to be able to get grants, to work more with the history and education community, to provide internships, and maybe increase the volunteership here as well,” Hill said…”