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April 10, 2006

Burke Museum Announces New Development Director

Seattle The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington announces Jennifer Dirking as the new director of development beginning March 2006.Dirking brings to the Burke an intimate knowledge of the University of Washington having most recently held the position of individual giving coordinator with UW World Series at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts.

A Greenlake resident and California native, Dirking comes to the Burke Museum with a lifelong love of museums. “My father was a rock hound and I can remember summers spent traveling and doing field work with him as a child. That early exposure to the value of collections and the passions people have for them holds much relevance for me now at the Burke,” said Dirking.

As the director of development for the Burke, Dirking is committed to increasing the value and number of memberships and deepening the involvement of people who want to support the Burke by helping them to connect the museum with their passions.

The Burke Museum is Washington State’s official natural history museum, specializing in anthropology, biology, and geology, with collections and research conducted in archaeology, paleontology, ethnology, Northwest Coast art, ornithology, mammalogy, and botany.

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