Elisabeth Barber joined the museum team in 2021, taking on the role of Archivist. She moved to Springfield in 2018 to attend Missouri State University, where she earned her B.A. in History and an Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies. While completing her degree, Elisabeth gained experience working with collections and archives by working as an Archival and Curatorial intern for the History Museum and as an Archival intern for the Missouri State Archives- Local Records Program. Her research has been featured in two exhibits and she has presented her research at the Second Annual Missouri Egyptological Symposium & Educators’ Workshop. She will also be presenting her research and conservation of a Mande Bala Xylophone at the Missouri Archaeological Society Annual Meeting in April 2022. While completing her history degree, her research primarily focused how propaganda affected the experiences of ethnic and racial minorities and women in the United States from 1900 to 1945. Elisabeth is passionate about helping museums become more representative of the diverse population of the United States, as well as making museums more accessible to all patrons.