First name? Corie-ann
What is your title and what role does your position play at the Driehaus Museum? Museum Store Manager – My job is to ensure the day to day running of the Museum Store. I also choose and buy all of the merchandise and set up all of our displays.
How long have you worked at the Museum? I have worked at the Driehaus Museum for three years.
Where are you from/where do you currently reside? I am originally from a small town just west of Boston. I moved to Chicago in 2012 and I have loved every moment since coming here! My husband and I live in University Village and we really enjoy all the new restaurants and stores that are starting to open in our neighborhood. It’s quiet but were still so close to everything downtown.
What is your education/experience background? How or why did you come to work at the Driehaus Museum? I went to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and received my B.A. in Art History in 2008. I spent a semester studying at NYU in Paris and completed two internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I was working outside my degree when I met my husband at the Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. He lived in Chicago and eventually I saw it as a great opportunity to move to a new city and get into the museum field. I interviewed to be a volunteer at the Driehaus Museum and was hired to be a guide instead. Three months later I was approached with the opportunity to open a new Museum Store for the Driehaus Museum and the rest is history!
If you were a staff member of the Nickerson Mansion at the turn of the century, what role would you have and why? Could I be “Keeper of the Jewels”? That is an official job title, right? If not I would like to be the Ladies Maid. I have some talent with hair and makeup and I like to think my fashion game is strong.
If you were trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do? I would raid the refrigerator in the staff lounge and make up a lovely dinner for myself. I would then set the grand table in the Nickerson’s dining room and eat my dinner there. Since I have started working here I have always imagined what a dinner party would be like in the dining room.
What is your favorite movie? Book? I have a soft spot for Pixar Movies but period films tend to also draw me in. I also read quite a bit but I always go back to Harry Potter every once in a while.
What is your favorite holiday/program or event at the Museum? Anything tied to the holidays is my favorite. Starting with the Murder Mystery event and then into our Christmas programming, it is the most fun time of year. I really can’t just choose one. I do love having a pianist here during Santa Saturdays. The house has so much energy when live music is being played.
What is your dream job? My dream job, ever since I was little, is to be an expert for the Antiques Roadshow. I just need to choose a specialty and become an expert in that field. Jewelry is my passion at the moment.
Tell us about one of your favorite moments during your time working at the Museum? The day the Museum Store opened was so special for me. I had worked for over 6 months building the look of the store and buying new merchandise. Seeing the store finally open and people shopping was so exciting and fulfilling!