Rachel Kaleilehua Delovio is the Anthropology Collections Manager at the Nevada State Museum. After growing up in Texas and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism, Rachel moved to Oʻahu, to be close to family. While volunteering at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, she developed a desire to preserve cultural items for future generations. She then enrolled in the Museum Science program at Texas Tech University, where she received a Master of Arts in Museum Science, with a focus on collection management. Rachel worked at several cultural institutions, such as the Western Archaeological Conservation Center, a National Park Service curation facility in Tucson, AZ, as well as the Frost Museum of Science and the HistoryMiami Museum in Miami, FL. She arrived at NSM in 2007 and coordinated the move of the Anthropology collection to the Museum’s North Building and advised on the remodeling of the old bank vault into a curatorial storage area for the basket collection. Rachel has received several federal grants to improve collection care and is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC). Rachel is the coordinator of the Museum’s annual Lei Day event that occurs on the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May. In Hawaiʻi, Lei Day celebrates the tradition of making and wearing a lei. In Northern Nevada, the event provides an opportunity for the community to experience and connect with Hawaiian culture.
Jan Loverin is Curator of Clothing and Textiles at the Nevada State Museum, a position she has held since 1991. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology from Whitter College and her master’s is from UNR in Home Economics and Museum Studies. She and her colleagues have produced Silver Ladies in Golden Splendor, Costumes of the American West and she regularly changes and mounts costumes and textiles in the Museum’s galleries. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and the International Council of Museums Costume Committee, where she has presented articles and papers for both organizations. Jan is a regular contributor to the Museum’s Curator’s Corner and is also featured in the four-part online series, Victorian Secrets. Jan and her husband, Jim, have one son and they live on the Old 1862 Ranch, where they are avid gardeners.
Mina Stafford is the Curator of Education at the Nevada State Museum. After growing up in Arizona and graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Mina moved to Virginia for graduate studies. She received her Master’s in Teaching from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, with a focus in Museum Education. Mina worked at several museums, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, the Manassas City Museum, and the Pima Air and Space Museum. She arrived at NSM in 2018 to run the Education Department. In that capacity, she manages 60 volunteers, oversees a variety of guided gallery tours and education programs for elementary school students, coordinates the Frances Humphrey Lecture Series, and develops short drop-in family programs as well as day long community programs with multiple components.