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Director – Susan Dyar

Susan has worked in museums for over sixteen years. She began her museum career as a costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. She joined the History Center in October 2017 after 14 years with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites in Indianapolis. She has a degree in landscape architecture from Purdue with an emphasis on historic preservation and historic gardens and she studied anthropology at Indiana University. She is an avid reader and textile artist and she and her husband, Tom, moonlight as beekeepers and providers of local honey for friends and family.

Susan can be reached by email at


Hilary Fleck – Collections Manager

Born and raised in Jasper, IN, Hilary’s love for history began early on as a high school student volunteer for the Dubois County Museum. Since then, it’s been hard to keep her out of museums and museum work. After graduating from IU with a Master’s Degree in Art History, she ventured the few short blocks west to the Monroe County History Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drinking lots of tea, and spending time with her husband, Ross, and their 3-year-old son, Ian, and infant daughter, Emma.

Hilary can be reached by email at



Megan MacDonald – Research Library Manager

Megan came to Bloomington in 2005 to get a Masters of Library Science with the intention of moving away upon completion yet she’s still here! After graduation she went on to be an archivist at IU for the Liberian Collections and then the Black Film Center/Archives. When she’s not at work she spends her time cooking way too much food, riding her bike around town, and thrifting.

Megan can be reached by email at

Rose Hessert – Operations Manager

Rose is the Office Manager at the Monroe County History Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History with Teaching certification and a music minor from Butler University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Indiana University. She has over twelve years working in finance and bookkeeping and takes accounting classes at Ivy Tech. In her free time she plays violin with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and is always in training for the next run Disney race weekend. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Paul and their dog, Oz and cats, Niles and Frasier.
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Andrea Hadsell – Education Manager

Andrea is the Education Manager at the History Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and a Masters of Science degree in Arts Management and Administration from the University of Oregon. Her experiences in museums cover a variety of collections and programs from both Indiana and Oregon, and her love of sharing stories of life, culture, and history continues to grow as a part of the Monroe County History Center. Andrea is a big fan of the steampunk subculture which retells history with a science fiction twist.

Andrea can be reached by email at or


A.J. Gianopoulos – Exhibits Manager

Ignited by weekend family trips to historic sites and Civil War battlefields, A.J. has had a love of history from an early age. But a trip to Rome, Italy after his freshmen year of high school set him on the path to work in museums. He earned a BA in Art History from Ohio University (2012) and received a MA in Art History from the University of Cincinnati (2015). After working as the curator of the Wetzel County Museum in New Martinsville, West Virginia, A.J. returned to his home state in 2017. When not at the museum, he can often be found playing golf or sipping a glass of vino.

A. J. can be reached by email at