George Garner

Civil Rights Heritage Center IU South Bend

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Areas of Expertise

South Bend history, museum studies, museums, local history, museum exhibitions, exhibitions.

Expert Bio

George Garner is assistant director and curator at the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center. He has dedicated his career to exploring how museums and other memory spaces can lead people to make meaning from traumatic histories and use that history to work actively towards change today. Garner is excited by efforts to move beyond traditional museum models and recognize how museums can become a thriving and integral part of 21st-century communities.

Garner earned his M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program where he gained experience in museum administration, exhibitions and collections care at institutions including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland.

Since 2012, he has served in various curatorial and administrative roles at the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage.

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Additional Information

PODCAST: "South Bend's Own Words.":

"Podcast shares South Bend's history with new audience." ABC 57 (2018). :

"Civil Rights Heritage Center 'Scan-A-Thon' preserves memories through digitization." ABC 57. (2016):

Updated on: October 26, 2021