Kasey records, preserves, and shares stories from DEA’s past and the history of drug use in the United States. She also writes and edits content for the Museum's website, promotional materials, and more. Kasey holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Arts in history and government. Several internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships with museums and research institutes sparked her passion for history, including the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the National Museum of American History, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Mariners’ Museum.
Kasey’s favorite artifact in the Museum’s collection is a trade card advertising Dr. Isaac Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water. The colorful card features two girls applying the liquid treatment to their dutiful (and patient) pet dog. Before Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, American consumers were unaware that each bottle of Thompson’s Celebrated Eye Water contained opium, a highly addictive drug.