Chastain is museum’s new curator of Collections
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Jan 13, 2013 | 1692 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lisa Chastain
Lisa Chastain

Lisa Chastain has been selected as curator of Collections at the Museum Center at Five Points, according to a representative of the board of trustees.

Chastain is a 2009 graduate of Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., with a bachelor of arts in history and anthropology/sociology.

She interned at the Marietta Museum of History and worked as a student archivist at Berry College.

Chastain was previously curator at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum. She is a community partner with Southeast Tennessee Digital Archives and serves on the board of the Tennessee Association of Museums.

“The mission of the Museum is to preserve and interpret the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee by highlighting the adventures of its people. Lisa Chastain’s education, experience and passion for the preservation of local history furthers the accomplishment of our goals,” said Franklin Chancey, president of Museum Center Board of Trustees.

As curator of Collections, Chastain will be responsible for the preservation and documentation of artifacts and collections, interpretation of those materials, development and implementation of exhibits, and exploration and application for applicable grant funding.

The Museum Center at Five Points opened to the public on September 1999. It serves as a museum and cultural center which houses exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of the Ocoee Region.

In addition to the permanent exhibit, River of Time, there are several changing exhibits each year as well as an onsite gallery that sells arts and crafts made within a 200-mile-radius of Cleveland. Over 24,000 people pass through its doors each year.

When a pebble is thrown into a stream, its impact creates a series of ripples that broaden and spread ever larger across the water. For the downtown area of the community, the development and construction of the Museum Center at 5ive Points was the catalyst that began a movement for ever greater growth and redevelopment, a representative noted.