Tulare native Chris Harrell is the Executive Director-Curator of the Tulare Historical Museum. Chris coordinates the Museum's extensive historical collections, the Tom Hennion Archives Center, and is responsible for both the day to day and long term operations of the Museum and its grounds. A fourth generation Tularean, maternal and paternal, Chris first began volunteering with the Museum in 1994 while in high school and then college. During that time, he assisted in the formation of the Bob Mathias and Sim Iness Olympic Collections, as well as the Military History Wing and its Manuel Toledo Military Collection. Chris became Museum Curator in 2013. Chris' background includes being an educator and coach, project manager and event coordinator. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served in the Security Forces field for eight years.
Emily Engelsgaard of Visalia is the Executive Assistant at the Tulare Historical Museum. Emily helps assist the Museum Executive Director-Curator, Chris Harrell, in the daily operations of the Museum’s historical collections. An avid history buff, her background includes a Master’s Degree in American History from American Public University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Previous work experience with the Tulare County Museum helped to prepare her for the undertaking of this role. Being raised in Tulare County for most of her life, she is steadfastly dedicated to the remembrance and preservation of this area’s vast and interesting historyfor generations to learn and experience.
Dawn Sabala is the Arts & Cultural Liaison at the Tulare Historical Museum. Dawn was born and raised in south Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. After graduating, she was a co-partner in opening a successful artist run gallery called Manichaus. Since moving to California she has continued her arts education, this time in the field of Graphic Design, at the College of the Sequoias. She currently runs a small freelance design business called Modest Monkey. Dawn is excited to be working at the Tulare Historical Museum and is eager to learn more about Tulare County’s unique artist community and rich history.