Kendall Tallmadge

Harvey W. Branigar Jr. Native Intern

Kendall Tallmadge, Native InternKendall Tallmadge, Native Intern2009–2010 Harvey W. Branigar, Jr. Native InternKendall Tallmadge, Native Intern2009–2010 Harvey W. Branigar, Jr. Native Intern

“I can honestly say that my time interning at the IARC has been one of the best experiences of my life,” said 2009–2010 Branigar Native Intern Kendall Tallmadge (Ho-Chunk). “For a student who just completed her undergraduate degree, this internship is like a dream come true and has helped immensely with my development as a junior museum professional and in my personal growth. My time here has helped me fully realize my goals in working with Native communities in areas of heritage preservation, outreach, and education.”

A recent graduate of Beloit College with a BA in anthropology, Tallmadge began her internship in September 2009. During her tenure at IARC, she split her time between collections and registration projects and academic and programming projects. The projects she completed included creating a tour focused on agriculture and sustenance for school groups and an online exhibit about tourism. In addition, Tallmadge assisted with outreach to Native communities, relining and remounting items in the jewelry vault, and completing the accessioning of the Estelle Rebec collection.

In November 2009 Tallmadge attended the National Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Conference. “The conference was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity to meet other Native American museum professionals,” she said. “Coming from a tribe and a family that is in the process of starting a museum, the conference was a great place to gain ideas for future programs and to hear about how others make their museum work for their community.”

Rain God (3-D)Rain God (3-D)Tesuque, ca. 1900–1910
Clay and paint
Courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz and SAR. Request a free pair of 3-D glasses.
Gallup Indian Ceremonial posterGallup Indian Ceremonial posterNarciso Abeyta (Navajo), 1938
Courtesy of Addison Doty and SAR

Notice the heading labeled “Weird Rites”
Rain God (3-D)Gallup Indian Ceremonial poster

Just beginning her career, she has already served as a museum consultant for the Ho-Chunk Nation, museum assistant at the Logan Museum, repatriation office intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and student curator at the Wright Museum of Art. In 2007 Tallmadge received the John W. Bennett ’37 Prize in Anthropology for organizing Native American Awareness Month at Beloit College. Her current goal is to restart her family’s museum, the Winnebago Indian Museum.

Following her internship, Tallmadge began an innovative combined MBA-MA program in cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado–Boulder.

Find out more about Kendall Tallmadge by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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