New director named at MTCC

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, recently named Christina Thompson Shutt as director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC).Shutt is currently the associate librarian for special collections and instruction at Hendrix College in Conway where she is responsible for promoting use of the archival collections and library services, developing and managing special collections, creating exhibits and conducting educational initiatives. Prior to Hendrix, Christina worked at the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., as well as the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archives at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Shutt holds a B.A. in history from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and an M.S. in library science/archive management from Simmons College in Boston, as well as an M.A. in history from Simmons College. Shutt will join MTCC on June 6.

“We are thrilled that Christina is coming on board to lead Mosaic Templars as director,” said Hurst. “Her enthusiasm, experience and passion for history will be a great asset to MTCC as it grows into its second decade and pursues its mission of telling the story of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present.”

The other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage are the Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

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