Hi! I’m Suzanne Fischer, a public historian and museum leader based in Lansing, Michigan.
I’m dedicated to helping visitors engage deeply with complex ideas through compelling experiences, extraordinary objects, and accessible label texts. I’ve made exhibits that sprawl over 80,000 sq ft and exhibits that fit on one wall.
I have the same goals for my writing: the complex made comprehensible. I write about history, books, and creative people, both as a freelancer for national publications and as a scholar. My current project is on the the ironies of immigration in America, through the unlikely convergence of the Donner Party and anti-Chinese violence in California.
I currently work as the Museum Director of the Michigan History Center in Lansing, where I oversee the Michigan History Museum System. I was previously a history curator at the Oakland Museum of California, where I curated the community- and collections-based Pacific Worlds exhibit, winner of an American Alliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Award. I was also a curator at The Henry Ford as well as working in collections roles at a variety of small institutions in Minnesota. I received a PhD in the history of science and technology from the University of Minnesota. You can contact me at suzannehistorian at gmail dot com.