John Sellars is a native Springfieldian who has been executive director of the History Museum on the Square since 2005. He began his career with the museum as a volunteer when it began as a part of the bicentennial celebration in 1976. After his retirement from a career in marketing in the beverage industry, John returned to Springfield and retired in 2004.
He and his wife, Jane, a retired schoolteacher, have five children and seven grandchildren.
Charlotte McCoy brings 30 years of communication/marketing experience to the History Museum on the Square. After graduating with a master’s degree in Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she and her husband, Scott, relocated with his career for 10 years before moving back to Missouri. While moving, Charlotte was able to continue with her career in various industries, including consumer packaged goods, retail, and fast food. Scott and Charlotte were able to move back to Missouri and call Springfield home in 1998. Charlotte spent 15 years as Marketing/Special Events Director at Discovery Center of Springfield and recently was Partnership Strategist with GigSalad.
Katie Turer assumed the role of guest experience manager for the History Museum on the Square in February of 2019. She previously worked at Wonders of Wildlife as a guest services supervisor, and prior to that she was the manager of visitor operations at the Nantucket Historical Association. Katie earned her B.A. in Sociology and History from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University. Her passion for helping visitors feel connected to history through museums brought her to the History Museum on the Square, where she enjoys sharing Springfield’s stories.
Joan Hampton-Porter is responsible for the care of approximately 100,000 artifacts in the museum’s collection. She curates and constructs approximately 3 to 4 exhibits per year. She gives lectures and programs as needed. Joan has an M.A. in History with an emphasis in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a B.A. in Middle School Education with an emphasis in Social Science and Language Arts from Fontbonne College.
Ashley McLaughlin has been involved with the History Museum on the Square since 2019, as a volunteer, and then Curatorial and Archival intern, before landing a position on the museum staff as Visitor Experience Coordinator. She is originally from the Kansas City area and moved to Springfield to pursue a college education. Ashley graduated from Missouri State University earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History with minors in both Studio Art and Museum Studies. During her academic career, she had research featured in three exhibitions discussing the topics of African Tourist-Trade Art, Navajo Kachina Figures, & the Kundung (an African xylophone). Previously, Ashey was an Exhibitions intern for the Springfield Regional Arts Council and is now a founding member of the Artists Empowerment Collective, a subcommittee of the organization. Outside of working for the History Museum on the Square, she is also a working artist and freelance art teacher, and has taught both drawing and painting classes for Creava Studio and Springfield Regional Arts Council. Her recent accomplishments include having her art on the cover of Springfield Business Journals Book of Lists 2021.
Whitney Mosley officially joined the museum team in 2021, assuming the role of Visitor Experience Associate. Her involvement with the History Museum on the Square began in 2020, working as the Diversity and Inclusion intern and, later, as a volunteer for educational programs and presentations. A local of Southwest Missouri, she moved to Springfield to attend Missouri State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and an Undergraduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Her research has been featured in four professional public exhibitions, and she has presented papers in the MSU 14th Annual Art History Symposium and the NCSA 42nd Annual Conference: Discovery. She has previous experience working with collections and exhibits as an Art History Area Assistant at MSU and an archival intern at Bollinger County Library. Whitney is passionate about public education and is an advocate for accessibility and diversity in museums. She is proud to assist in sharing the history of Springfield, MO at the History Museum on the Square.