Spotlight On: One Year in the Curatorial Department
January 13, 2022 – 7PM
Soldiers & Sailors maintains a collection of more than 11,000 objects, a number that continues to grow as we receive artifacts donated on a regular basis. Join Curator Michael Kraus and Collections Manager Lisa Petitta for a fascinating look “behind the scenes” at what it is like to work with the museum’s collection. Learn about all of the varied procedures that make up the management process. The program will also highlight several significant objects that arrived during 2021 and the stories behind them.
Lisa Petitta, Collections Manager, Soldiers & Sailors
Lisa Petitta is the Collections Manager at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. She joined the Museum in 2015 and has always had a passionate interest in military history. She is responsible for the safe storage of artifacts in the permanent collection, cataloging artifacts and has worked on display installations, museum tours, grant writing and fundraising events. She holds Masters in Military History from American Public University and a BA in History and Minor in Historical Preservation from the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael Kraus, Curator, Soldiers & Sailors
A well-known Civil War historian, Kraus currently works as Curator/Historian for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. His accomplishments include several historical consultant credits for major films, writing and narrating the documentary series Civil War Minutes and Civil War Life as well as authoring articles and books regarding the conflict. Michael also is an accomplished sculptor with an impressive resume of historically themed works in bronze.