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Farm & Ranch Museum announces new curator supervisor

 LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s new curator supervisor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position at the Las Cruces Museum.

The Museum named Karrie Porter Brace to the position recently. She oversees the Museum’s programming staff who handle exhibits, education, collections, and events.

“We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Karrie’s experience and skills join our team at the Farm & Ranch Museum,” said Heather Reed, the Museum’s Executive Director. “She brings valuable experience to this important position, and we look forward to the impact she’ll make in the Museum’s programming endeavors.”

Porter Brace, a self-described Midwestern farm girl who fell in love with archaeology and history, has over 30 years of experience in managing museums and cultural resources. She worked in international project and institutional management from New England to Latin America.

“I am very honored to join the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum as the Curator Supervisor,” she said. “The folks and facilities here are top notch! I dreamed of living in New Mexico for a very long time. Las Cruces and Mesilla are great communities with wonderful resources, people, and legacies.”

Porter Brace most recently served as Executive Director of the Cave Creek Museum in Cave Creek, Ariz. Before that, she served for 11 years as the Chief Exhibits Curator for Arizona State University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections in Tempe, Ariz.

A graduate of Beloit College, her experience goes beyond museums. She served as an instructor, archaeologist, and has presented dozens of papers and lectures on a variety of topics.

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