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Allison Kraft

BA 2016, History, Political Science
Minor: Art History

Assistant Curator
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
New York City, NY

Allison Kraft is the Assistant Curator at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a history education nonprofit organization based in New York City. The Institute’s mission closely aligns with Allison’s professional passion: a dedication to promoting the study and love of American history. In her role, she is responsible for the care and presentation of over 70,000 artifacts from American history, educating students and the public about the importance of learning from primary sources.  

Allison had many opportunities to pursue a career in the museum field while a student at Purdue, including interning at the Indiana State Museum and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, as well as working as a Wilke Research Assistant for Professor Caroline Janney. Additionally, she was active in Old Masters, the Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE) Board of Directors, and College of Liberal Arts Student Leadership Council.  

Following graduation from Purdue, Allison attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she received a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. While there, she worked as the Curatorial Fellow at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, American Legion National Headquarters, and as the Simmons Graduate Curatorial Intern at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.  

She is passionate about history and sharing the stories behind historical artifacts, as well as making history exciting and accessible for all.  

Allison resides in New York City.