My responsibilities are overseeing the direction and operation of the Museum. Before coming to the Elk Grove Historical Museum, I completed my Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During my studies, I gained experience at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, where I supported the curatorial team in research and exhibition development. My research focuses on the political and ideological dimensions of museum collections. I also graduated from Beloit College with a Bachelors in Anthropology and University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne with a degree in Cultural Heritage Management.
Michael has an Associate in Arts degree from Moraine Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Governors State University. He has 26 years experience working in museums in various capacities including designing programs, working with collections, and directing the facility. He has worked for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Ridge Historical Society, and the Isle a la Cache Museum. He started working for the Elk Grove Historical Museum in 2008 but is also a re-enactor and also works as an archivist for the Itasca Public Library.