Jean Svadlenak’s passion is making history relevant to the lives and experiences of visitors to museums and other public spaces–by sharing compelling stories. In 1989, she established Svadlenak Museum Consulting to help museums, corporations and other organizations—preserve, document and share their community’s history. As Principal at SMC, she provides project planning and management services to: develop innovative strategic plans for museum operations, document and preserve collections, and create award-winning history exhibits. Jean’s services also include in-depth historical research.
Her clients include private non-profit, city, state, and federally-owned museums, agencies and historic sites, schools, parks, hotels, hospitals, corporations and federal courts—in the United States and Asia.
Before establishing a consulting practice, Jean was a member of the staff of the Kansas City Museum for 11 years in positions of increasing responsibility. She coordinated all curatorial and exhibition activities. While she was President, the Museum opened a 5,000 sq. ft. satellite exhibit space in downtown Kansas City and was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
Her dedication to helping organizations plan, organize and implement projects according to the highest standards and best practices to serve the public is evident in her projects and client relationships. Projects developed by Svadlenak Museum Consulting have been recognized with Leadership in History Awards from the American Association for State & Local History, and the Missouri Governor’s Humanities award. In 2016, Jean was named Alumni of Distinction by SUNY-Oneonta.
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