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Mosaic Templars director tapped to run Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | March 8, 2021 at 7:54 p.m.
Christina Shutt, director of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, talks about new permanent exhibits going up at the center. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Cary Jenkins)

Christina M. Shutt, the director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, has been selected to run the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

Her appointment by the museum's Board of Trustees on Friday requires approval by the Illinois Senate. The board conducted a national search.

She will become the fifth executive director at the Lincoln museum and the first person of color to hold the title.

Shutt, 34, has been executive director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock since 2016. She guided it through the process of earning national accreditation, the ninth Black culture museum in the United States to earn the designation.

Before she worked at the Mosaic Templars, she worked in several special collections positions on higher education campuses, including associate librarian for special collections and instruction at Hendrix College in Conway and the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Shutt is scheduled to start her new job in June.

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