Jan Shupert-Arick earned the title Executive Director of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society after being selected from a pool of 35 applicants. Considering all the hats a director is expected to wear, it’s no surprise her extensive experience landed her the position.
Shupert-Arick brings knowledge of museum education, preservation, fundraising, management, marketing and program development to the historical society with her work at the Northern Indiana Center for History in South Bend, Indiana and the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is a published author, documentary contributor and is certified to teach at the high school level. Shupert-Arick also served as the president of the National Lincoln Highway Association and the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association and boasts experience on the board of the National Automobile and Truck Museum of the U.S. in Auburn, Indiana and on the Regional Advisory Council of Indiana Landmarks.
Shupert-Arick attributes her love of history to her family’s unconventional travel as a child. Shupert-Arick recalls exploring what she calls “two-lane America” with her family. Staying off of the Interstates and stopping through local diners and stores spiked Shupert-Arick’s interest of the stories behind the buildings.
“I like an adventure and I love learning new things and exploring,” said Shupert-Arick.
Shupert-Arick is only a few weeks into her new adventure at the historical society but she already has some large ideas.
“Right now I’m dreaming, talking and listening a lot,” said Shupert-Arick.
New programs, a digitization plan, easily accessible archives, increased involvement and a stronger appreciation for Stacy’s Tavern currently top Shupert-Arick’s list of goals for the historical society. She also hopes to build relationships with local businesses and artists when the chamber of commerce moves in next door.
“It’s great when local businesses get involved with local museums,” said Shupert-Arick. “It adds to the synergy of organizations and what goes on here.”
Shupert-Arick might be the best candidate for her new position but she thinks Glen Ellyn is the right fight for her as well.
“There’s something really wholesome about the Midwest and that’s really what I see here,” said Shupert-Arick. “All of the pieces are falling into place.”