Lesley Barker

If I am

  • Creating an exhibit for your museum, I hope that each visitor will leave asking very different questions than when they arrived. 

  • Speaking for your organization or event, I promise it won't be boring and your audience will leave with usable information and practical new knowledge

  • Contributing strategic leadership, development services, or training for you, I strive to achieve multiple objectives with each action step....

  • Writing something for you, my goal is to put your heart on the paper so that others may be drawn to your side...

  • Working with and for you, I commit to treat you, and others, with honor, to work for the redemption & restoration of lost stories, to expect transformation and to exhibit wisdom

  • Living on earth, I walk every day, since 1973, rooted and grounded through prayer in an active biblical faith and constant dependency on the Lord Jesus Christ

​​Lesley Barker


- PhD (expected 2017) in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England

-TEFLCertification (2003) from Bridge Linguatec Online Language Learning Program

MAT (2002) in Teaching from Webster University in St. Louis

- BA (1982) in Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis

A-Levels (1973) ​in English and Religious Knowledge from Malvern Girls College, England

Professional Experience

- Executive Director (2009-2016) of the Bolduc House Museum in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. During my tenure there, I doubled the size of the 18th century French colonial site with the acquisition of two vertical log houses and a former bank building, and transitioned and rebranded the site to become New France - the Other Colonial America

-Consultant to Nonprofit Organizations and Grantwriter/researcher (2004-2009)

-Teacher, (2000-2004) at St. Louis Public Schools 

Optometric Vision Therapist (2000-2010) at The Center For Vision & Learning, St. Louis



- Visual Research Methods and the Field of Museum Studies: An Editorial. in Museological Review. The University of Leicester Museum Studies Department. England. Vol. 19. 2015
-Engaging New and Repeat Audiences Online and In Person with a Memorable Mascot. in Reid, Debra, editor. ALHFAM Proceedings of the 2013 Conference and Annual Meeting. The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, North Bloomfield, OH Vol. XXXVI. 2014
-“How To Get A Grant” in Leadership, a Christianity Today publication, 2003

Books and Ebooks

-Called to Write? Don’t Know How? -  a practical guide for Christians writing their first book. Available on Amazon.com, 2017
-Pastor's Ex-Wife, a novel. Available on Amazon.com, 2011
-Eye Can Too! Read, a series of three e-books to help homeschoolers build their students' learning-related vision skills, published by Home-School-Inc, 2008

-St. Louis Gateway Rail: The 1970s, published by Arcadia, 2006

-Nouvelles, a quarterly newsletter for the Bolduc House Museum (2009-2016)
-The Bolduc House Museum Interpretive Staff Training Manual (2015)  

-Consulted and collaborated on the local exhibit portion of “Missouri - A State Divided” Civil War Traveling Exhibit for the opening exhibit for the Kellerman Foundation’s Heritage Hall in Cape Girardeau, MO (2015)
-Researched, wrote text panels, and oversaw the creation and installation  of This Community of Cultures: The African Experience in Colonial Ste. Genevieve, for the Bolduc House Museum (2013)
-Researched, wrote text panels, recruited experts and volunteers to create and install An Eastern Woodland Indian Village - an outdoor living history area that includes a wigwam, a sugar maple tree, a Three Sister's Garden, a dye garden of indigenous plants, a Shawnee-style dug-out canoe, a corn water's platform, and a ceramics firing pit (2012)
-Assisted in the design and creation of the University of Missouri-Columbia exhibit for the 2012 Smithsonian Folk-Life Festival in Washington, DC on behalf of the Mississippi River Hills Association (2012)
-Researched, wrote text panels, created and installed The 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes - a Bicentennial Exhibit, an historical perspective. An online version of this exhibit is available at http://bolduchouse.org/Earthquake.aspx (2011)
-Researched, coordinated and collaborated with volunteers, corporations, and organizations in the creation and installation of the local exhibit in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, The Way We Worked, which was made available to the Bolduc House Museum in a competitive process by the Missouri Humanities Council. Oversaw the oral history component during which we collected over 90 interviews with members of the Ste. Genevieve community about their work. An online version of this exhibit is available at         http://bolduchouse.org/TWWW_Archive.aspx (2010)


-Developed, facilitated and trained other facilitators for faith-based program: Gathering Grandparents for Glorious Praise World Outreach (2016)

- Presenter for five broadcasts of GITM Radio on faith-based prayer strategies
-Presenter at the Small Museum Association conference, Ocean Springs, Maryland, on Probing Inter-gender and Inter-cultural at the American Historic House Museum (2016)
-Presenter at the spring conference of the Midwest Open-air Museum Coordinating Council in Collinsville, IL, on Living History at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (2015)
-Presenter  at the Missouri Preservation conference, Excelsior Springs, on The Role of the Colonial Dames in the Historic Preservation of Ste. Genevieve (2014)
-Presenter at the spring conference of the Midwest Open-air Museum Coordinating Council in Cincinnati, OH, on STEM Meets Living History (2014)
-Presenter at the Small Museum Association conference, Ocean Springs, Maryland, on From First Encounter to Future Funder (2014)

-Presenter to the Board of Directors at the Arrow Rock Historic Site, on What to Look For When Hiring a New Executive Director (2014)

 -Presenter at Research Week, University of Leicester School of Museum Studies, on The American Historic House Museum, Past Intercultural Encounters in the United States and the Shaping of an American Cultural Identity (2014)

-Presenter to the University of Missouri- Columbia's Missouri Folk Art Field School, in Ste. Genevieve, MO,  on How to Do Oral History Interviews - Protocols and Challenges (2014)
-Presenter at the international annual conference of the Association for Living History, Farms and  Agricultural Museums in Akron, OH, on Engaging New & Repeat Audiences Online and In Person with a Memorable Mascot (2013)
-Presenter at the Fall Conference of the Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council in Cedar Rapids, IA, on Before the Midwest: Multiculturalism in the Mid-Mississippi Valley Lost & Found Again (2012)
-Gave testimony regarding the state of the public humanities in southeast Missouri for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Humanities and Social Science hearing at the Missouri History Museum, September 7, 2012.
-Presenter for three-day national pastor’s conference in Leogone, Haiti, on strategic prayer strategies, attended by leaders from Protestant churches in over 100 Haitian communities (2009)             
-Presenter of The Grant-mapper, a series of five telewebcasts to a national audience designed to mentor American classroom teachers in the process of applying for and receiving small classroom grants (2008)
-Collaborated with the Donor Relations Coordinator of the Development Office of Webster University,  Ellen Boehm, and Dave Zigo CPA on Pressing On-Breaking Through, a seminar for nonprofit organizations in transition held at Webster University in January (2007)


- Mother of seven, grandmother (so far) of three