Linda Burkhart, museum director, recently announced the addition of Jason Titcomb on the staff of the museum, bringing the staff to four full-time professionals, assisted by four part-time employees.
Titcomb is originally from Holstein is a 1992 graduate of Galva-Holstein High School. He received his masters degree in Anthropology with an Archeology subdiscipline from Iowa State University in 2000.
While studying at Iowa State, Titcomb participated in digs conducted by the Sanford Museum and got to know the staff. He became a member of the Northwest Chapter of the Iowa Archeological Society.
"I'm comfortable here. It feels like coming home," Titcomb said.
Titcomb's interest in archeology and anthropology started to develop in high school. In college, he wasn't sure that a career in that field would be practical, since it requires graduate school but he persevered.
"It was really the only subject that didn't bore me," Titcomb said.
Following college, Titcomb was employed at the Illinois Center for American Archeology. He continued to maintain local ties, conducting digs at the Crocker site outside of Washta for the last two summers.
Titcomb's position will involve field work, public education and using the Sanford Museum's collection for research. He has worked with college students, amateur archeologists and youth groups in education projects.
"There is already a great deal of interest in archeology locally. We'd like to take that to a new level," Titcomb said.
Titcomb will be responsible for the Sanford's collection of artifacts and plans to organize the collection for better use in research.
He plans to work on grant projects partnering with schools or other organizations.
Titcomb's wife Jill is currently in Illinois and will join him at a later date. She is also an archeologist and participated with her husband at the Crocker site that previous two summers.