Museum Staff

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum Staff

David Flatt: Executive Director

David Flatt has been the Executive Director of the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum since 2016. Previously he taught historical archaeology directing field schools and archaeology projects for Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, McKendree University, Assumption College, and Leiden University. He was also an administrator at AIMS college in Colorado as well as Assistant Director of Huntington Learning Center in Greeley, Colorado. David has done archaeology field work in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He has a Masters in history from St. Louis University as well as two Bachelors in history and anthropology from Southern Illinois University. Currently, he is working on his PhD in anthropology with Flinders University in Australia. David was the president of the Lamda Alpha honor society, an officer in the anthropology club, and awarded the top anthropology student and top anthropology field school student while attending SIUE. Prior to his work as an historical archaeologist David was the financial chairman of Greene County, Illinois. David is from Carrollton, Illinois and currently resides in Auburn, Nebraska. He has given several historical lectures as part of the Kregel Windmill Factory fall speaker series including “Patents and Inventions of Nebraska City” and “Windmill Factories During the World Wars”.

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Kaitlin Benefiel: Museum Intern

Kaitlin Benefiel is a senior, studying social sciences and political science at Peru State College. She is an active member of the college’s history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, as well as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Chi and Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies. Kaitlin recently presented her senior thesis at the Phi Alpha Theta biennial national conference in New Orleans. Her research entitled Busting Sod and Stereotypes: Laboring Women of the Homestead Era, analyzed the non-traditional labor roles and lives of pioneer women, particularly those that flourished in male-dominated industries. Kaitlin is from Hamburg, Iowa and is currently residing in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She is excited to be interning at the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, and is looking forward to what the field of history has in store for her after college graduation.