Wanda Palmer has been on the job about a year, now. She was hired as curator of the Mississippi’s Last Stands Interpretive Center in Baldwyn to replace former curator Edwina Carpenter upon her retirement about 18 months ago. Palmer formerly served as administrative assistant to the superintendent of Baldwyn Public Schools. With no prior experience in museum curation, Palmer said she has been having on-the-job training. She credits Carpenter, who comes in a couple times a week as a consultant, with providing much of the education Palmer has experienced the past 12 months. “I knew some history,” Palmer said of her Civil War knowledge. Listening to her, it is obvious she is more knowledgeable about the War Between the States than she professes. “My husband, Jeff Palmer, is a big Civil War buff. We’ve gone on several Civil War vacations.” Those jaunts included visits to battlefields as far afield as Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The earlier vacations included their two children; Palmer said they were okay with two, maybe three, battlefield tours but any more than that, well, they were kids. The center has a fulltime staff of three – Phyllis Scott, Billy Francis and Palmer. As Palmer has become more familiar with her position and responsibilities, she has identified some areas she would like to add: “I would like to have Civil War roundtables, where experts present programs,” she said.
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