The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum has a new director, Stephanie Long.
Stephanie is a Texas native; she grew up in Austin and has worked with museums in Colorado, New York, Nevada, and currently in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“We are excited to have Stephanie join us. She has a great deal of knowledge and experience that will help improve the Railroad and Heritage Museum with new exhibits and programs,” said Ken Cicora, Temple Parks and Leisure Services Director.
Stephanie has two master’s degrees, one in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, run by the State University of New York and one in Computer Information Systems, from the University of Denver. She is coming to Temple from Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she worked as the Senior Curator of Collections for the four city-run museums.
“I love history and history museums. My job in Las Cruces included an art museum, a science museum, a history and local culture museum, and a railroad museum. I am excited for the chance to focus on history again,” said Stephanie.
“The Railroad & Heritage Museum has so much potential to develop into an excellent historical museum for both Temple residents and the visitors to our City. But, in order to be successful, the new director will have to develop a strategic plan and vision for the museum and then pull together the community to support it,” said Cicora. “In order to achieve these goals, it was critical that we selected a director who was both experienced and professionally trained in the museum industry.”
“One of my goals is to raise the visibility of the museum and get more of the community involved. I am hoping to add new programs and events as well as update some of the exhibits and display areas in the building,” continued Stephanie. “I look forward to meeting with as many Temple residents as I can. The more input and support we can get will only ensure a great museum.”