MPM History Curatorial Staff

Jacqueline M. Schweitzer - Chester Read Curator of History Collections

Jackie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Anthropology and Classical Civilization, and a MA in American History with a Certificate in Museum Studies. Her interests include American and local history with a special interest in Milwaukee WPA projects, especially the Milwaukee Handicraft Project. She has previously worked as a Conservation Assistant at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Exhibition Project Coordinator at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Her current work as Chester Read Curator of History Collections includes the physical and intellectual care of History department collections as well as research, public inquiries, and programs. Jackie is also an instructor in the UW-Milwaukee Museum Studies graduate program.

Emeritus Curators
Carter Lupton – Curator Emeritus, Ancient History

Lupton has been with the Milwaukee Public Museum since 1976, allowing him to indulge his passions for those most iconic of museum specimens: dinosaurs and mummies. He has participated in diverse excavations ranging from Cahokia Mounds, IL to Tell Hadidi, Syria and Hierakonpolis, Egypt.

His strong interest in early civilizations has resulted in over 30 tours led since 1985 to Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, China, and the Maya areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. He has also participated in several museum expeditions to Montana, North Dakota, and Utah in search of dinosaurs.

In addition to being the chief curator for the Museum’s Crossroad of Civilization exhibit and former Temples, Tells, and Tombs exhibit, he has served as MPM coordinator for several major traveling exhibitions, including Cenote of Sacrifice (1987), The First Egyptians (1988), Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt (2004), St. Peter and the Vatican (2006), Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (2010), Mummies of the World (2011), Cleopatra: Search for the Last Queen of Egypt (2011/12) and Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed (2018).

Carter’s long-term research interest is the study of Egyptian mummification; he is Associate Director of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium.

Al Muchka – Adjunct Curator of Arms, Militaria & Business Machines

Honorary Curators
Valerie Davis - Honorary Curator of Textiles and Clothing

MA - Public History with Certificate in Museum Studies, MA – Textiles with emphasis on quilts. Interest in American quilts, textiles, and clothing, as well as Latin American and Asian textiles and clothing.