Acting regional curator/director, Museum Resource Center, National Park Service
Best known for: Sonderman is the steward of treasures from Civil War battlefields, historic homes and other sites administered by the National Park Service in the Washington area. At the Museum Resource Center in Landover, Sonderman catalogues and protects about 2.5 million artifacts not on public display because a particular site may have rotated its exhibits, has more objects than it can put on view, has no place to store them properly or is under renovation.
Items in storage include a mock-up of the National Mall’s Korean War Memorial, historic furnishings from Arlington House at the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery and objects from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Ford’s Theatre. The resource center is holding for safekeeping nearly 1 million textiles, trunks, musical instruments and other objects removed from Ellis Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.