|Jason Steinhauer currently serves as Program Specialist for the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center invites scholars from around the world to take advantage of the Library's resources and interact with policy makers and the public. Prior to joining the Kluge Center, Jason worked as a Liaison Specialist for the Library's Veterans History Project, doing strategic communications, program management and Congressional relations.||
American History Workshop
American Sephardi Federation
Library of Congress Veterans History Project
Museo Judio de Sosua
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
New-York Historical Society
New York Public Library Manuscripts Division
Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
St Thomas University
Yeshiva University Office of Communications and Public Affairs
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Jason arrived at the Library in December 2009 an award-winning museum curator, an oral historian, certified archivist and practicing consultant for museums, archives, and universities on exhibit coordination, collections management, and implementation of new systems.
As a curator, researcher and exhibit planner, Jason has been a part of several important exhibitions. In his last exhibit before joining the Library, he worked with the American History Workshop, one of the country's leading interpretive exhibition developers, to produce Lincoln and New York at the New-York Historical Society. Whether it be interpretive planning, research, design, coordination or project management, Jason has ensured that numerous exhibitions have probed content interpretively, effectively used new media to engage audiences, opened on-time and on-budget.
Jason is also a certified archivist. He created the archive of the Museo Judio de Sosua, in Sosua, Dominican Republic, consulted in the development of the archive of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, and developed the records management policies for Yeshiva University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs.
Jason has parlayed his archival management expertise into the integration of new information analysis software into non-profit business practices. He directed Yeshiva University's integration of two new asset managements programs: Vocus and R25. Jason built an archive of information, led training of staff, defined work flow patterns, analyzed the work environment and staff responsibilities and implemented changes in information storage and analysis. He improved the access, storage and efficient use of information, impacting the entire university.
Jason began his career at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in lower Manhattan, as a member of the curatorial team behind the award-winning exhibition Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War. This exhibit won the Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions from the American Association of Museums in 2003. Relying almost exclusively on oral history testimony, the show told the story of American Jewish soldiers in WWII in their own words, centered on 12 original documentary films that Jason researched and directed.
His work on Ours to Fight For earned him the opportunity to curate and manage the museum's next major special exhibition and oral history project, New York: City of Refuge - Stories from the Last 60 Years. Exploring the lives of modern Jewish refugees in New York, Jason brought together Syrian, Russian, Bukharian and Iraqi Jewish communities in partnership with the museum, gathering oral histories and artifacts and examining the role New York has played in the rejuvenation of these persecuted ethnic groups. The resulting exhibit and film were part of the nationwide celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in America.
Jason enjoys lecturing, thinking and writing about the future of public history in America, and performing as the frontman of the touring indie rock band The Grey Area, nominated for New Artist of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association. Jason earned his B.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University in 2002 and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He earned his M.A., in History and Archivist's Certificate from New York University in 2007. He is originally from White Plains, New York.
Winner, "50 on Fire," Government & Advocacy, In the Capital
Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions for Ours to Fight For from the American Association of Museums
Southeast Florida Library Information Network Innovation Award for his work with the Archbishop John C. Favalora Museum at St. Thomas University.
Lectures / Speaking Appearances:
Library of Congress (click here to view)
National Book Festival
Society of American Archivists Conference, Oral History Section
Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Conference
Conference to Celebrate 350 Years of Jewish Life in America at CUNY Graduate Center
Diplomatic Luncheon at the American Jewish Committee
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York.
Jewish Historical Society of New York
Community College of Baltimore County
Verona High School