Public History

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My first-person portrayal of Mollie, President James A. Garfield’s daughter

As a child, I first encountered history in museums and historic sites, and they are still my favorite places to share my passion for and knowledge of the past.  Over the years, I have gained experience in museum interpretation and education (including first- and third-person), visitor service, research and program development, exhibit planning and design, publicity, and administration.  Recently, I worked with Stow Historical Society (Stow, Ohio) on the interpretation of a late nineteenth-century one-room schoolhouse.  I wrote and we received an Ohio Humanities grant to fund the production of interpretive panels for the schoolhouse, which I wrote and arranged to have produced.  Images of the panels have been posted on the Stow Historical Society website, here.

In the past, I have had the pleasure of working at Historic Ramsey House (Knoxville, Tennessee), James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Mentor, Ohio), Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Greensboro, North Carolina), the Museums of Old York (York, Maine), the Stonewall Jackson House (Lexington, Virginia), the Reeves Center for the Research and Exhibition of Porcelain and Paintings (Lexington, Virginia), and Hale Farm and Village (Bath, Ohio).  While in graduate school, I also had the privilege of collaborating  with local institutions and community members on an exhibit at the Greensboro Historical Museum, an immensely rewarding project.  The UNCG Museum Studies program produced a short video about the project available here.  I shared some of my experiences conducting oral history interviews with Greensboro seniors here.


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