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.
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.
Meg was raised in Southeast Missouri and received her Bachelor of Arts in History and certificate in Museum Studies from Arkansas State University in May of 2019. She volunteered at the History Museum on the Square beginning January of 2020, led Haunted History Walking Tours in Fall 2020 and 2021, and began as the Visitor Experience Coordinator in November of 2021. Meg believes that storytelling and learning about our shared past is a special part of our growth, community, and culture. She sees history as a great unifier and is excited to be part of the team making history accessible and engaging at the History Museum on the Square.
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.