Katherine Barry

Anne Ray Intern


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Katherine Barry is a 2012 graduate of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, with a BA in history and anthropology. Most recently, she worked at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon. She expects to pursue a career in museum work and plans to attend a graduate program, using her time at SAR to determine her focus area within the museum field.

While studying at the College of William and Mary, Barry was first a volunteer and later employed as proctor of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, the oldest college building still in use in the US. Barry researched and taught the history of the college and early Virginia to the public and led tours of the Wren Building and historic campus for visitors and school groups. She also participated in a six-week excavation of Ravenscroft and Davenport properties in Colonial Williamsburg and was chapter president and executive vice president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, William and Mary chapter.

In the summer of 2012, Barry began work at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. As research library aid and archival project contractor, she re-housed and created a folder-level inventory of thirteen boxes of archival materials of anthropologist Theodore Stern, who spent thirty years among the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla families. Dr. Stern’s research led to two volumes published by Oregon State University. Barry also completed research on tribal veterans for a temporary exhibit featuring the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute at the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This project represented an enormous bridge-building exercise with the non-Indian neighboring communities. “These experiences have given me a new appreciation for the complexity of both ‘behind the scenes’ and frontline museum work. I would like to continue working with tribal communities to preserve heritage and share their history and stories in their own words,” says Barry.

In 2013, as an archaeology student at Northern Great Basin Prehistory Project, University of Oregon, Barry participated in the excavation of Rimrock Draw Rockshelter stemmed point site near Riley, Oregon. At the field school, she gained experience with systematic excavation, field notes, field mapping, GPS, lithic analysis, faunal remains, and field cataloging.

During her tenure at SAR, Barry will spend half of her time working on collections/registration projects and the other half working on academic/programming projects. She will be in residence at SAR from September 2, 2014-May 31, 2015.

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