Exhibit

Hazel’s mind was like wandering alone in a deserted museum. Hazel’s mind was choked with uncatalogued exhibits. He never forgot anything but he never bothered to arrange his memories.”-Cannery Row, John Steinbeck

Norton Simon Museum

Jennifer and Cindy are passionate about supporting cultural groups. We enjoy volunteering and serving our community. We would love to partner with you and your organization. We recommend that your institution join the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and obtain accreditation. You can join AAM, AASLH, and NARM to network with other institutions. They host annual conferences. Contact us to request a quote for short or long-term projects. We follow Getty Museum exhibition guidelines. We can craft an exhibit design from start to finish with our installation services. Prior to designing, we always consider the physical structures and audience. We can conduct preliminary studies to evaluate your space and past show data. We can optimize the flow of traffic and create interactive learning stations.

The California Association of Museum developed a six month research collaborative groups. The Orange County group studied audiences. They conducted a case study at the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana. The Evaluation Tool Kit Handbook contains the findings and was distributed statewide. We use these findings with Getty Museum standards with each exhibition design. We believe in shared authority with our communities. Often, we collaborate with local historical groups with each curatorial project.We work with education departments within museums and cultural centers. We educate with interactive curriculum delivered via Google Classroom to districts and are committed to supporting classrooms. We adhere to state and Orange County Department of Education standards. As members of California Council for the Social Studies, which serves K-16 educators statewide, we have developed collaborative programs.

The Keils are collaborating with Casa Romantica on the Who Was Nellie Gail Moulton? exhibit and wrote a Field Note on this installation. The Keils are working on opening the Moulton Museum in summer 2021. This site will contain the 22,000 acres history of the Moulton Ranch and contemporary exhibits in Laguna Hills. The collection contains art, furniture, personal papers, ranching equipment, titles, and photos. These materials describe early Orange County history. They demonstrate the rapid change from farming, sheep to cattle, and corporate development of modern cities. The museum will included an an augmented VR museum gallery experiences.

The Keils are working with the city of Aliso Viejo and the Moulton Museum on the interpretive plan for the 7.7 acre site. The founder of Moulton Ranch, Lewis Fenno Moulton, will be honored in the new barn display exhibit.


FUTURE PROJECTS

Partnerships are crucial to the longevity of our work such as our participation at UCI Applied Innovation. We created 3D scans of artifacts for visitors to sample and experience at this lab facility. We developed machine learning applications and analysis for digital archives. AI technology is changing the archiving field. Machine learning and predictive analysis is adding new metadata to digital photos. We are harnessing AWS and open source API to provide databases this application.

 


PAST PROJECTS

We collaborated with the Laguna Woods History Center for it’s 40th anniversary celebration exhibit with the Moulton Museum. We curated the OC Register featured exhibit that featured Nellie Gail Moulton and Jane Barnes’ artwork along with a series of Moulton family photos. The exhibit had an opening event on October 24th, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Cindy and Jennifer implemented an oral history program at the Balboa Island Museum in 2014. The collection contains over fifty interviews. As part of the final installation of this project, Cindy created highlight reels that were installed in a viewing station. The institution now has four videos which appeal to a wide audience and can be referenced by the docent led tours.

Bert Minshall, former yacht Captain, Jennifer Keil, and Dr. David Freeman, the Finest Hour editor, celebrate John Wayne and Winston Churchill’s connection on board the Wild Goose.

As the former Museum Director of Balboa Island Museum, Jennifer trained the docents in the history of the area. She curated, installed, or researched the following exhibits: Birth of an Island, Buddy Ebsen House and Museum displays, Arts of the Ancient Mariner, Balboa Island Yacht Club, Newport Beach Police Department display, Love Letters & Kewpie Dolls, Hall China exhibit, Lido Isle Yacht Club, and John Wayne Centennial exhibit with the family foundation. She worked with Sherman Garden’s on a collaborative Visit Newport Beach Inc. lobby exhibit. The organization was featured in the Pelican Hill Magazine.

Watch Jennifer’s interview for Visit Newport Beach at 01:17 to 03:31 for the history of Balboa Island.

She enhanced the docent and volunteer manuals to better support their day-to-day guided tours. She helped develop Educational Programming with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts curriculum. She created a high school and university internship program where they taught the education programs and managed the archive database.

Jennifer enjoys sharing her museum experiences in webinars. The History Department at California State University, Fullerton hosted Careers in History Webinar – Museums and History Centers in May 2017 to showcase professionals in the field. She participated as a panel member in October 2015 for the CSUF Careers in History Webinar – Public History. Jennifer serves on the History Department Alumni Advisory Council.

Brea Museum and Historical Society held the Summer 2012 exhibit titled “Home-Making in Brea.” Jennifer worked with a team of students who researched the Arts and Crafts Movement in the 20th and 21st centuries. We primarily focused on the construction of local bungalows and the domestic arts. She helped conduct interviews with community leaders, designed exhibit layouts, created the museum’s exhibit logo, secured community partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement, and local citizens for exhibit donations. Jennifer and Cindy also helped install and deconstruct the exhibit.

The Richard Nixon Museum asked CSUF graduate students to create a prospective centennial exhibit in 2013. Jennifer designed an interactive Title IX Exhibit PowerPoint presentation with primary source videos and oral history clips. This presentation was given to the director of the museum along with a list of additional resources.

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Ryan Foland’s 3-1-3 radio show aired with 70 Degrees Founder Jennifer Keil on August 22, 2018. They conversed about historic preservation techniques used for family, corporate, and local history. Museums are developing unique platforms for you to experience the past with innovative platforms. Digitization methodology and future trends are discussed.

Jennifer participated the inaugural episode for The Makeup Historian’s podcast where they discussed 21st century historians and digital history trends. She was a guest in Ep. 7: Jennifer Keil – Red Lipstick Research.

Jennifer was invited to deliver a public presentation on WWII fashion at the Fullerton Public Library in October 2014. “Bombshells: Feminism, Fashion, and Factories” explored how women experienced a shift in social identity by their clothing, home-life, and workplace during the war. This presentation was part of a series of lectures that were given by two CSUF professors on WWII topics.Radio is a great medium to showcase a variety of institutions. Jennifer was a guest at the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Titan Radio Show: {ism} Radio show 3/25/2014. She discussed her research on WWII women. Keil also participated in KUCI’s Vintage Orange show in November 2016 sharing the history of Balboa Island.