Illinois State Museum director appointed

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has been appointed director of the Illinois State Museum by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The appointment is the result of a nationwide search by a special committee of the State Museum board.

“We’re extremely excited to have Cinnamon on board as the new director of the Illinois State Museum,” said Colleen Callahan, director of IDNR. “She brings with her a wealth of experience, knowledge and energy and we can’t wait for her to take the reins of the Illinois State Museum.”

Catlin-Legutko most recently served as the president and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, for the past 10 years. Prior to that, she was director of the General Lew Wallace Study in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Catlin-Legutko is a graduate of Purdue University and the University of Arkansas.

She has lectured and written extensively on museum best practices, including diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in museums, and is a nationally recognized leader in the museum field.

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Catlin-Legutko lead the Museum as we strive toward greater inclusiveness and expand our service to Illinois citizens and beyond,” said Dr. Lorin Nevling, chairman, Illinois State Museum Board. “We will celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2027 and much remains to be done prior to that time. The board of the Museum is eager to work with director Catlin-Legutko to assure a brilliant future for the museum.”


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