The Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) was Founded in 2012, it was the realization of a dream by its co-founder, Elsie Hernandez, to create an institution that would hold programs and exhibits that will contribute to the rich multicultural tapestry that is Chicago. Since then the museum has hosted a wide array of programs and exhibits showcasing Haiti's rich culture and art as well as its complex history. We invite you to enjoy our changing exhibits, use our space and attend varied programs.
Elsie Hernandez, Founder & President
Originally from Haiti, Elsie has a strong sense of attachment to her place of birth. It's her love for Haiti that prompted her to open the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Her passion for Haiti and its rich culture is contagious and follows her everywhere she goes. Elsie has an extensive background as an educator, nurse, civil leader, and scholar.
Carlos Bossard, Executive Director
Originally from Roseville, Minnesota, Carlos earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Institutes International Minnesota in 2017. After working in commercial photography, he moved to Chicago to further his education. Carlos recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His Capstone Project focused on creating more diverse and inclusive museum practices and highlighted HAMOC as a museum excelling in the field. Carlos' passion for the institution will ensure the museum continues to be a key voice for the Haitian society in the United States and the world.
Elsie Hector Hernandez
Jean Yves Hector
Jean Herbert Danier
Staff & Volunteers
The Haitian American Museum of Chicago would be nothing without this incredibly talented group of individuals. Thank you for all you do!
Benjamin Henderson - Museum Educator
Amanda Sexton - Library Consultant
Carlinthia Cox - Archivist
Damian Lewandowski - Accountant
Luis Limardo - Illustrator
Jean Herbert Danier - Webmaster
Jean Yves Hector - Artist In-Residence
Romeo Hernandez - Curator
Zachary Baker Salmon - Film/Theatre Programmer
Estime Frader - Translator
Joel Maxime - Artist In-Residence
Michael Harris - Library Coordinator
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Illinois Association of Museums