Meet our Learning Experiences Staff! 

Ben Johnson; Vice President of Museum Experiences | 563-324-1933


Ben Johnson joined the Putnam team after spending five years as Executive Director of the Glenn Curtiss Museum in upstate New York. A native of eastern Nebraska, Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a Master of Arts in U.S. Military, Diplomatic, and Foreign Relations history from the University of Nebraska. He began his museum career as a college intern and has held a wide variety of positions over his nearly 20 years of museum experience. Along with his wife Adrienne and their trusty companion Buddy the dog, Ben greatly appreciates his return to the Midwest and looks forward to exploring the culinary delights of the Quad Cities.

Miss Lakin; Education Specialist | 563-336-7299


Miss Lakin is an Education Specialist at the Putnam. She provides programming through learning experiences for a variety of audiences at the Museum and in the community, and provides enrichment for after-school programs in the Quad City area.  Lakin started working at the Putnam in 2015. She enjoys connecting with and serving visitors in multiple ways, and engaging audiences in a variety of different settings.
Lakin received her bachelor’s degree in Book Arts and Graphic Design, with a minor in Business Management from St. Ambrose University. At Ambrose, she enjoyed working at the Catich Gallery and in the St. Ambrose Archives and Special Collections department.  Her passion for community and education grew during her internship experience as an education assistant at the Figge Art Museum.  At the Putnam, she enjoys teaching science and history in interactive ways through hands-on activity and experimentation. She finds encouraging curiosity and creative thinking while making connections to everyday life with the diverse exhibits featured at the Putnam rewarding.   

Miss Abby; Education Specialist

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