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Museum curator's love of history runs in family
Faces and Places
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The front of the Midway Museum faces Highway 17, just across from the Midway Cemetery. - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
Name: Diane Behrens

Age: 43

Occupation: Assistant curator at Midway Museum. Behrens' mother, Joann Clark, has been the curator since the 1980s.

Family: Husband, Anthony Behrens; daughter, Daffani, 21; sons, Ben, 19, and Luke, 16; granddaughter, Vega, 2.

What's your favorite part of the job?
"I like working with people. You get people from everywhere. You can really show them how people were back then. I like to hear their stories, too. I really love it when it when the kids come."

What's your least favorite part of the job? "The steps. [Diane just had surgery on her foot and is currently giving the tour with a cast.] I also sometimes miss the reading. We have a huge genealogy and I used to just come in here to read. It's good that's it's gotten so big, but it takes a lot of work. I miss being able to read and study history more.

How did you get into your profession?
After working and giving tours for her mother off and on since she was 12, Behrens started permanently working at the museum almost a decade ago.

Do you have hobbies other than an interest in history? I have a second job. I play the piano for the Marne Chapel. I also love to do the weddings here and things with my grandbaby."

Are your kids as interested in history as you and your mother are?
"My daughter is, but my boys are typical boys. They'll help if I ask them to, but they're boys."

About how many people do you think come to the museum each year?
"It varies. But we always get a lot of people in the summer. I would say probably six, seven, eight thousand. We especially get people from abroad."
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