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Sarah Scripps


Sarah Scripps completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on public understandings of science in informal learning environments. Her research has been supported by organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Lemelson Center, and Bilinski Educational Foundation. 

As a public historian, Scripps has directed and curated several exhibitions, public programs, and documentaries. These projects have received accolades from the American Association for State and Local History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, Southeastern Museums Conference, and South Carolina Federation of Museums.

Scripps currently coordinates the Museum Studies Minor, a multidisciplinary program with tracks in Natural History, Public History, and the Visual Arts. Students who are interested in Museum Studies or pursuing an internship at the Museum of Natural History are encouraged to contact her.


Scripps, Sarah. (2020). The Downfall of the Diorama: Science Fair Displays in Contemporary America. Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science. 35, No. 3, 660-684.


  • Wisconsin Historical Society, Public Programs Award – for Over There (2019)
  • Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation Travel Award (2018-2019)
  • Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program, UW System (2018-2019)
  • University Excellence in Teaching Award, UW-Stevens Point (2018)


I am so proud of the many exhibits, documentaries, and public history projects that our students have produced for our local community. I am also proud of our involvement with National History Day, where we host the regional contest for middle school and high school students across Central Wisconsin.
-Sarah Scripps 


“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

Museum of Natural History Director
Museum Studies Program Coordinator

ALB 106A


Ph.D. - History
University of South Carolina

M.A. - History
University of South Carolina

B.A. - History and French Studies
University of Minnesota