Kara tests out the captain's chair in an Apache helicopter during Fort Riley's "Apple Days" in Kansas.
Kara Allison '12 is the public program coordinator at the First Division Museum of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, working with the U.S. Army’s active duty 1st Infantry Division. She has traveled to the division's headquarters in Fort Riley, Kan., to co-host events such as “Apple Days,” where civilians are given access to the base and encouraged to ride in Humvees, test fire weapons, interact with soldiers and more. These events bring more than 10,000 visitors to the base. Kara is also responsible for bringing notable speakers to the museum for a monthly lecture series, “A Date with History.”
In February, Kara presented a research paper, “Our Changing Curriculum: Using Local History Institutions as Resources,” at the annual conference for CASE (Council for American Studies Education). In March, she attended the Society for Military History Conference in New Orleans and conducted meetings with the National World War II Museum to discuss implementation of travel programs to battlefields abroad with focus on the 1st Infantry Divisions from World War I and World War II.
Kara also was selected by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to help dedicate a memorial at the Rhone American Cemetery in France in May. She spent Memorial Day weekend in Nice, France, learning the history of the Rhone Cemetery, traveling to local museums and battlefields and interacting with guests at the dedication. Her article, “On Point: Journal of Army History,” will be published later this summer in The Army Historical Foundation’s quarterly journal.
Kara had a double major in history and social science secondary education at Millikin where she was an active member of Delta Delta Delta, MilliSTAT, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha Theta history honors society.
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