Western Regional Director of Indiana State Historic Sites
Mike Linderman, Western Regional Director for ISMHS began working for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites in 1993. In his first position, he served in a unique role as interpreter for the archaeology dig at the Lanier Mansion SHS twenty years ago. In 1994 he became the Assistant Site Manager at the Lanier site. While at Lanier, he oversaw Pigeon Roost SHS in Scottsburg, Indiana, a site that is now owned by the Scott County Historical Society.
In 1997 Mike transferred to T.C. Steele as the Assistant Site Manager and spent 2 years in that role. He briefly was responsible for the operations at Limberlost SHS during a time when the site was between Managers. In 1999 he was promoted to Site Manager at Angel Mounds SHS. In 2009 he became the Western Regional Director for ISHS, again working with T.C. Steele, Vincennes SHS, New Harmony SHS and Corydon Capitol SHS. Mike is based at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site.
Historic Site Manager
Andrea deTarnowsky, our Historic Site Manager, is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations, financial administration, and long-range planning. Andrea has been working for the Indiana State Museum system since 1988, beginning with two years at Culbertson Mansion. She was also briefly acting manager of the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site while also managing T.C. Steele. Andrea was previously employed in the US Army museum division of the Office of Military History, and at Colonial Williamsburg.
Beyond the management of the site, leading tours, teaching docents and running the Museum Shop are additional jobs Andrea handles at the TCS SHS. Among the programs she has launched at the site, she has been chairing the planning committee for the Wildflower Foray, a cooperative event for 25 of its 32 years. In her spare time Andrea helps her husband Pierre with their family farm north of Nashville where they have a dog, two horses and one cow named “Baby”.
Cate Whetzel is the Program Developer at T.C. Steele State Historic Site, responsible for creating new site events and programs, and maintaining and expanding annual programs. She assists with the day-to-day site operations of the site, updates social media, and partners whenever possible with local arts organizations, museums, and non-profits. She adds inventory in the museum shop, searching for new and original pieces from local artists, and merchandise tied to Steele and the site’s mission. Cate wrote and managed the grant that recreated T.C. Steele’s Traveling Studio Wagon, and continues to run the site’s Artist in Residence program, for which she supports the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant-funded programming offered by Indiana artists at T.C. Steele.
Cate started at the site in 2015, and prior to that worked as a freelance editor, and taught American Literature, Creative Writing, Post-Colonial Literature and Poetry at an independent high school in metro Detroit. She has served as Poet in Residence in five Chicago schools through the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands on Stanzas program, and has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in Bloomington with her husband Ben Debus, and their two adorable children.
Todd Kassim recently moved to Bloomington with his wife Heather, who started a position at Indiana University last Fall. Todd is an Episcopal priest having served in Maryland and Washington, D.C. most recently, but also in Colorado and New Jersey. He grew up in the Adirondacks of New York and is quickly falling in love with southern Indiana. Todd and Heather have an 8 year old son who loves, among other activities, canoeing, hiking, and birding. They enjoy discovering new wonders around the area and seeing the beauty around them from the perspective of Theo and Selma.