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Eiteljorg says goodbye to valued colleagues moving on

By Rachel Drake, marketing and communications intern

The Eiteljorg Museum recently said goodbye to three staff members who made important achievements inside the museum and who have since moved on to new adventures:

Jason Allen

Bringing organizational skills and a willingness to take on interesting challenges, Jason Allen served for two years as the Eiteljorg’s project manager and evaluator. Originally from Michigan, Jason shepherded key exhibits and projects to completion, such as The Reel West. He oversaw exhibition-development processes including scope, schedule and budget. He also devised methods for gathering Eiteljorg guests’ feedback, including visitor evaluation surveys, so the museum can measure how exhibits were perceived and whether they met visitors’ objectives. Jason left in October 2018 to pursue an opportunity in New York City as the exhibitions assistant project manager at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where he oversees its special rotating shows.

Mary Ann Clifford

If you visited the Eiteljorg’s Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store during the past 7 3/4 years, it’s likely you met Mary Ann Clifford near the sales counter. Until her recent retirement, Mary Ann was the retail operations coordinator for the museum store. Over the years, she helped sell one-of-a-kind jewelry and Native-made items. Mary Ann also handled many of the store’s back-office duties such as organizing purchase orders, processing invoices and keeping track of inventory. A runner who has participated in more than 20 half marathons, Mary Ann in retirement plans to travel internationally, hike in national parks, visit family and volunteer at Eiteljorg events.

Kristin Stout

Kristin Stout recently moved on from her role as librarian at the Eiteljorg’s Watanabe Family Library to become circulation department head for the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville, Ind. During her time at the Eiteljorg assisting visitors with questions about Native American and Western subjects, Kristin worked with dedicated volunteers, processed countless books from the John Moyers library donation that the museum received in 2017 and coordinated with the Indianapolis Public Library on its shared data system, of which the Eiteljorg is a partner.

Suzanne Braun-McGee

Succeeding her as librarian of the Watanabe Family Library is Suzanne Braun-McGee, who served for 16 years as librarian at the Indianapolis Zoo until recently joining the Eiteljorg Museum.

The Eiteljorg wishes its former colleagues the best. For more about Eiteljorg Museum people, visit the museum blog,


This story originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Storyteller magazine.