New curator always wanted museum job

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Walking through the streets of Rome, history can be seen, studied and felt.

Churches and monuments are made from rock quarried centuries ago. Buildings that are 500 years old are considered young. The frozen cityscape of Pompeii displays what life was like in first-century Italy.

As David Pfeiffer toured the ancient city, his career path became clear. He wanted to be part of preserving history and presenting it to people, instead of just reading dates out of a book. He wanted to work in museums.

“I live for that ‘a-ha’ moment, when they realize something really cool or fascinating,” he said. “Working in a museum lets me do that.”

Pfeiffer has stepped into the role as curator of the Johnson County Museum of History. He will be in charge of planning, designing and assembling new exhibits at the museum, as well as maintaining and enhancing the existing collection.

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