Meet the Staff

Lauren Kraut

Collections Manager
(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 will oversee the maintenance and preservation of the permanent, study, and loan collections, as well as handle 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 taught art history at Northern Virginia Community College from 2013-2016. 

Lauren joins us from James Madison’s Montpelier, where she served as Collections Manager since 2016.  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