Ashlee Lanier Is New Museum Curator
The Wetzel County Museum is pleased to announce the addition of Ashlee Lanier to its ranks. Lanier will serve as the museum’s curator.
“I am looking forward to learning more about Wetzel County,” said Lanier, a Wilmington, North Carolina native. Lanier explained that Wilmington is a port city, known for its beaches. The city is also located in Hurricane Alley.
Lanier earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University in 2014. Her degree is in Osteoarchaeology, and she possesses a minor in History.
“After realizing I preferred a career in museums, rather than forensics, I applied to Appalachian State University’s Public History Master’s program. I graduated in May of this year,” Lanier explained.
Through her undergraduate and graduate careers, Lanier has volunteered, interned, and worked for numerous museums and historic sites such as Hanford Mills Museum, the Earl Scruggs Center, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, and North Carolina’s Underwater Archaeology Center (Kurea Beach Branch). Lanier also participated in an archaeological dig at the Honouliouli Internment Site in Oahu, Hawaii.
Lanier specializes in collections work, film history, and early 20th century American History, with a particular focus on World War I.
Besides her love of museum work, Lanier enjoys film studies, getting lost in a good video game, and collecting vinyl. She said The Beatles, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell are some of her favorite artists to listen to.
Lanier also enjoys cycling.
“I might not have the Blue Ridge Parkway to conveniently ride on anymore, but I’m looking forward to riding around Wetzel County,” Lanier explained.
Lanier said she already has a handful of ideas for the museum. Furthermore, “If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the museum and say hi!” she encouraged.
Area residents will not want to miss the museum’s latest “Wetzel County Museum Hall of Fame” induction ceremony, slated for Nov. 26. That evening, the late Mayor Robert Bruce will be added to the prestigious group which already has members such as the late Bill Stewart, the late Lee King, the Ebert Brothers, John Mensore, Keith Craycraft, among others.
Notably, the first 35 in the door, at the induction event, will receive a free ticket to a Wheeling Nailers hockey game.
The Wetzel County Museum is located at 136 Main Street, New Martinsville. It can be reached by calling 304-398-4910.