Emily Reth, Director
I left my job as one of the Barker Mansion’s Heritage Interpreters in 2016. It was a job that allowed me to plan events, give tours, and research the Mansion’s past. I discovered my love for public history with previous Director, Jessica Rosier. As she encouraged me to seek another degree to propel me to a better future. My Master’s program took me away to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio to study the interpretation, preservation, and conservation of history in their Public History program. For two years, I engaged with museums, archives, historical societies, and house museums throughout Ohio. Yet, there was always a pull to share my new knowledge and adventures with the staff here in Michigan City.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect- I was fresh out of my graduate program and Jessica was leaving to take a new position at Queen of All Saints. I was fortunate to already be in tune to the mission of the Barkers and the role that the Mansion plays in Michigan City. I have a mentor, staff, and board supporting me to make a smooth transition. The mansion will continue at full speed ahead, engaging with the public throughout our tours, special events, summer camps, and sleep overs.
Returning to the Barker Mansion has been a dream. Taking on the position of Director has been a blessing, and I could not be more thankful.
There isn’t a doubt- this is home.