Professional Service

Group selfie
With ICON members at a garden tour of The Hermitage.

From 2015 to 2017, I was a board member the Inter-museum Council of Nashville, an organization for museum professionals in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee region. ICON plans professional development and social events the area’s cultural sites. From 2016 to 2017, I was vice president and became chair of the programming committee.

In August 2016, I served on the community committee for The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s home. The committee included other area historians and museum professionals, and assisted The Hermitage in expanding and planning their Black History Month activities.

I have been a judge at both regional and statewide Tennessee History Day for the past several years, and I always enjoy listening to students talk about their projects and research process.

I am an active member of the National Council on Public History, and I nearly always attend the annual meeting. I am also involved in a large scale collaboration that began as the NCPH 2014 Working Group “Toward a History of Civic Engagement and the Progressive Impulse in Public History.” My sub-group looks at the history of activism within grassroots public history practice. We will be meeting again at NCPH’s 2017 meeting, and a publication of our work is forthcoming.