Principal Steve Germann has three decades of experience in museums. Steve received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and later earned a certificate in historical and archival administration, also from Wright State. He served as Director of Education for the Montgomery County Historical Society in Dayton before moving to positions as Museum Administrator for the Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana; Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Museum, Flint, Michigan; and Director of the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.
Steve Germann began Germann & Associates in 2000 and uses his 25 years of experience gained as a staff member and director in museums large and small. Several major projects marked career milestones and prepared him for his independent consulting practice. These major projects have included:
As a long-term contract employee, in 2003, Germann served as Project Director for Time Flies – Catch It in the Act, a 17-day living history program presented at Carillon Historical Park and at the other sites of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. During this 18-month engagement, Germann negotiated management agreements with the National Park Service, the United States Air Force, the Ohio Historical Society, and the City of Dayton as well as numerous commercial contractors. Working with the Artistic Director, Margaret Piatt, who supervised scriptwriters, directors, and actors, Steve was responsible for budget, personnel management, marketing, food service, merchandising, security and creating the physical infrastructure (tent theaters, sets, stages, seating, parade floats) necessary to make the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the invention of powered flight by the Wright brothers a success.
While serving as Museum Director at the Sloan Museum in 1998, Germann was the Project Director for the building renovation of a 10,000-square-foot warehouse building (including the installation of new heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems) and the planning and fabrication of the exhibits, archival storage, and research areas for what the museum, in partnership with Buick Motors Division of General Motors Corporation, christened the Buick Gallery and Research Center.
Previously at the Sloan Museum in 1993, Germann acted as Project Director for Flint and the American Dream, a 10,000-square-foot permanent history exhibit. Mr. Germann contracted with an independent historian, Sandra Shapiro, and an independent exhibit designer, Geoffrey Wyatt, Wyatt Design, to fill in the specialties not available on the Sloan Museum staff, and then coordinated their work with staff curatorial and exhibit construction employees to build this major exhibit on the history of Flint in the 20th century. He also contracted with Vista Color Labs, Cleveland, Ohio, for graphic production, and local carpentry firms to fabricate portions of the exhibit.
While serving as Museum Administrator at the Montana Historical Society in 1988, Germann was Project Director on Montana Homeland, a 10,000-square-foot permanent exhibit on the history of Montana from prehistory to the mid-20th century. In preparation for this exhibit, Germann supervised the planning and construction of a conservation laboratory and hired a conservator and staff to prepare hundreds of objects for the exhibition. While working on conservation lab planning, Germann served as a key MHS staff liaison with the architects and contractors building not only for the laboratory, but also exhibit galleries and archival and library storage areas in a new 20,000-square-foot addition to the MHS headquarters building.
Also while museum administrator at the Montana Historical Society, Germann was the Project Director on F. Jay Haynes, Photographer, a 5,000-square-foot permanent exhibit on the life and work of Haynes, who was the official photographer for both Yellowstone National Park and the Northern Pacific Railroad, from 1880 to 1916. In both of these projects he directed primarily in-house staff for interpretive planning, exhibit design, fabrication, and installation.