Kingman Museum Welcomes New Executive Director Eltine Deyoung

A new face has joined the Kingman Museum team – new Executive Director Eltine DeYoung, who started on the job in December.

With a terminal degree in museology and museum studies from the Amsterdam School of the Arts Reinwardt Academy, Eltine has over 20 years experience in the field of museums and other non-profits.

She previously worked at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Holland Historical Trust, the Natuurmuseum Groningen in Groningen, Netherlands, the Nashville Zoo and the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan. Her professional career has included roles in administration, education programming, exhibition development, and working with diverse collections.

“I am excited to join the team at the Kingman Museum and am looking forward to continue to grow the museum into a viable, fun, exciting, and inspiring organization for the Battle Creek community and beyond,” Eltine said.

“A museum can be an influential organization in the community, not only as a place for discovery, for acquiring knowledge and understanding,” she added. “It can also involve the development of social skills and positive changes in attitudes towards the environment, towards the community you live in. Most important, though, is to provide, for all audiences, an environment that excites their spirits and feeds their energy.”

Kingman Museum is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and to groups by appointment during the week. Museum admission is free during public open hours, with planetarium shows being $2 per person. Planetarium shows are every 15 minutes after the hour, with the first at 11:15 a.m. and the last at 3:15 p.m.

Kingman Museum is located at 175 Limit Street in Battle Creek in the midst of beautiful Leila Arboretum. More information can be found on its website or by calling 269-965-5117.

Kingman Museum is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission…“to be a resource and destination for lifelong learning opportunities in natural history, the universe and world cultures.”

Photo caption: New Kingman Museum Executive Director Eltine DeYoung stands in front of the museum’s famous polar bear mount.