Clayton Conversations: “Ready-Set-Passion! Story-telling with Patrick Weeks”October 23, 2016
Come enjoy this presentation by the new president and CEO of the U.S. Marshals Museum, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the edge of your seat. Patrick Weeks, who moved with his family from Ohio to Fort Smith in April, has a love of story-telling to his core. His energy and passion for first-hand learning experiences makes him a vibrant, yet down-to-earth communicator that an all-ages audience will be sure to enjoy. Weeks’ past 20 years represent a vast experience in designing and building unforgettable museum experiences. (He designed the “theatres” of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, opening in 2005 and considered to be the first major “experience museum” in the nation. Details he oversaw included the smells of Lincoln’s office and the perfect-color robotic eyeballs for the Lincoln figure). Today, he brings his experience as a museum designer to prepare and execute what will be unforgettable learning experiences regarding the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals Service. Created in 1789, the Marshals Service is part of the executive branch of government and is the enforcement arm of the federal courts. William H. H. Clayton, as U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Arkansas, served as the chief federal law enforcement officer during the famed Judge Parker era. Of museums, Weeks says, "The biggest misunderstanding is that we’re trying to solve the problems of the world. We’re telling stories. Our job is to spark people’s imaginations and place them in the shoes of whom we are talking about.” Hear Weeks’ plan for the execution of the national museum on the banks of the Arkansas River, and his excitement for the stories Fort Smith has to tell.
Admission: $10; free to members of Fort Smith Heritage Foundation
Event Location and Contact Information:
The Clayton House
514 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas