Clarissa Thompson grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and her interest in the museum field was sparked when she and her family would take vacations to historic sites and museums.
She attended undergrad at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota majoring in Government and minoring in History and English. She worked at a daycare all through college and after graduating ran the program for a year and a half, which taught her valuable administrative lessons.
In the fall of 2009, after graduating, she got a part-time job as a Museum Aide and Collections Aide at the Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls working at the Old Courthouse Museum, an exhibit based museum, and the Pettigrew Home and Museum, the historic home of South Dakota's first State Senator. In December 2010 this job turned into a full-time Museum Interpreter position. This job propelled Clarissa into pursuing a museum career.
Clarissa holds the Lincoln-Sargent Farm Foundation graduate assistantship and works at the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site where she works as a first person interpreter and in the site's office and Visitor's Center. In her free time Clarissa love to practice and lead yoga sessions, run, make jewelry, and spend time with friends. Her goal after this program is to find a job in Administration or Collections, live near the water, travel, and get her yoga teacher-training certification.
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