Meet the Staff

Lauren Kraut

Sr. Collections Manager and Registrar
(540) 687-6542 (ext. 14)

Lauren Kraut started as Collections Manager in August 2018 in time to assist with installation for the Sidesaddle,1630-1935 exhibition.  As Collections Manager, she oversees the maintenance and preservation of the permanent, study, and loan collections, as well as handles donation and bequest offers to the museum.

She has her BA in History from Roanoke College, BA in Art History from George Mason University, and an MSc in the History of Art, Theory, and Display from the University of Edinburgh.  Previous institutions include the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the National Library of Scotland, as well as an internship at the National Sporting Library & Museum from 2012-2013.  She also teaches art history at Northern Virginia Community College. 

Lauren joined us from James Madison’s Montpelier, where she served as Collections Manager.  While at Montpelier, she assisted in several room installations and refurbishments, as well as image research and reproductions for the exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour and the installation of Queen of Hearts: Dolley Madison in Popular Culture