The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) Board of Trustees has appointed Trevor M. Jones of Frankfort, Kentucky, as Director/CEO of NSHS. Jones is a long-time member and friend of AASLH and currently serves as the chair of the AASLH Nominating Committee. He is the co-author, along with Linnea Grim, of Museum Management Tune-Up (AASLH Technical Leaflet #271). Together, Jones and Grim lead the popular AASLH webinar of the same name.
Jones brings almost two decades of experience in historical organizations and museums in Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina and Wisconsin to the position. He currently serves as Director of Historical Resources at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) in Frankfort. Under his leadership, KHS made its collections digitally available to a wide audience, created innovative exhibitions, and increased use of the Society’s programs throughout the state.
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in History and German from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in history and a museum studies certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a graduate of the Developing History Leaders @SHA seminar and is a certified Project Management Professional. He in active in the American Association for State and Local History, serving as Leadership Nominating Committee chair, and the American Alliance of Museums, where he has served on the Board of the Leadership and Management Professional Network and as a Museum Assessment Program reviewer.
Jones has also taught museum studies courses, led digitization projects, published in refereed journals, and developed award-winning exhibitions. He has worked to create diversified funding sources at the Kentucky Historical Society and believes strongly that historical institutions have the capacity to improve skills that contribute to a stronger citizenry. “I am excited to join an institution with creative staff, renowned collections, and a distinguished history,” Jones said. “I look forward to creating more opportunities for Nebraskans to explore and appreciate their past, learn more about themselves, and enhance their decision making through the use of their history.”
Jones will replace Michael J. Smith, who is retiring June 30 after 10 years in the director/ceo role. Starting date for the new director will be in July.