Porr new Curator and Collections Specialist for museums

PLAINVIEW – Kasey Porr has joined the Wayland Baptist University staff, serving as the Curator and Collections Specialist for Mabee Regional Heritage Center.

She is responsible for day-to-day oversight, preservation and interpretation of the collections housed in the Museum of the Llano Estacado and Jimmy Dean Museum, as well as the new Wayland Flying Queens Museum, which opens during Wayland Homecoming festivities on Feb. 18.

“Kasey is such a blessing to our museums. Not only is she incredibly qualified for the curator position because of her educational background and previous work experience, but she is a kind and empathetic person with a strong work ethic. We are lucky to have her join our team,” said KayLyn Bean, Director of Museums.

Porr’s responsibilities include accessioning, deaccessioning, processing incoming and outgoing loans, maintaining collections data systems, creating and installing exhibitions and providing preventative conservation care. Porr is also specifically responsible for the curation of the Flying Queens Museum as well as the care of its collection and documents.

“We have a lot of collections and exhibit projects that will benefit from her expertise,” Bean said. “Having her help also greatly increases our opportunities for community engagement through public programming, events, temporary exhibits, and increased interpretation.”

Porr has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Lubbock Christian University and a Master of Arts in Museum Sciences from Texas Tech University. Her experience includes working at Museum of Texas Tech University and the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum in collections, interpretation, and programing.

She was drawn to Mabee Regional Heritage Center by her love for working in smaller museums and her appreciation of the community and values at Wayland.

“Museums are important for preserving the past, providing educational opportunities, and engaging with the community and culture a museum resides in,” Porr said.

 The Curator and Collections Specialist also was motivated by the opportunity to help with the opening of the new Flying Queens Museum.

“I am excited about telling the story of the amazing women who have made such an impact on the both the sport and the community,” she said.  

Porr enjoys playing video games and attending boardgame nights with friends when she’s not tending the museums. She is excited about working at the Center and building connections at Wayland and in the community.