MemberAnne Mitchell Whisnant

Anne Mitchell Whisnant is a professional historian whose teaching, research, speaking, consulting, and writing focus on public history, digital and geospatial history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks. She is a public historian in private practice, working with her husband David Whisnant as co-principal of the public history consulting firm Primary Source History Services, based in Chapel Hill, NC.

MemberLauren Curilla

…Lauren M. Churilla holds an M.A. in Public History: Archival, Museum, and Edition Studies and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Duquense University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (2010) and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in American Women’s History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Ms. Churilla studies under Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University….

Lauren M. Churilla practices public history at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as Curator/Director of the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery, a position she has held since 2010. She teaches several courses in Public History and has lectured within the College’s Department of History since 2013. Her research interests focus on American women’s history, the Progressive Era,  and gender and sexuality. Ms. Churilla’s publications focus on issues of social movements, women in politics, local history, and material culture. Her current research explores street harassment  and self defense in Progressive Era Pittsburgh.

MemberStephen Gapps

  I have a long-standing interest in public history and the history of early colonial Sydney. My PhD thesis was a history of historical reenactments and public commemorations of the past. I taught Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney, and worked extensively as consultant historian.   In 2011 I won the NSW Premiers History Prize for Regional and Community history with my book Cabrogal to Fairfield – A history of a multicultural community.   Since then I have held a position as a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2014 I developed the exhibition War at Sea – The Navy in WWI and in 2015 curated the highly successful Black Armada – Australian support for Indonesian independence 1945-1949. In 2018 I am working on concept development of the new permanent displays at the museum that explore deep time and Australian maritime history.   In 2017 I was awarded the NSW State Library Merewether Fellowship. I have been working on a project on Australian resistance warfare for publication in May 2018 called The Sydney Wars – Conflict in the early colony 1788-1817.    

MemberChelsea Miller

…Association of American University Presses, National Council on Public History…
…I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Master of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Public History. My fields of study included museum studies, digital humanities, United States history, and global history. I completed my undergraduate study at Mount Holyoke College in 2013, with majors in history and environmental studies….

I currently work in the Acquisitions department at the State University of New York Press as an Editorial Assistant, where I work with authors and editors to publish scholarship in the fields of history, politics, religion, and more.I have experience in writing, editing, curatorial practice, teaching, web development, and event management. I am interested in the intellectual and physical spaces in which the past and present collide. In my personal work, I focus especially on writing history for digital and print media and examining the role of the activist-scholar through public history and public memory projects.

MemberSharon Leon

…National Council on Public History

Organization of American Historians

American Historical Association…
…he National Mall as a space where national identity is built, negotiated, celebrated, protested, and remembered. Funding for the site has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Histories of the National Mall is the recipient of the 2015 National Council on Public History’s Outstanding Project Award.
Director (PI), Scripto: a Tool for Community Transcription, <>. Scripto is a light-weight, open source, tool that allows users to contribute transcriptions to online documentary projects. The tool i…
User-Centered Digital History: Doing Public History on the Web (in progress). Synopsis: <>.
As Justice and Charity Demands: An Examination of the Enslaved persons Owned (and Sold) by the Maryland Province Jesuits, 1717-1838 (in progress), <>. Supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities-Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Digital Publications (September 201…

Sharon M. Leon is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, where she is developing projects on digital public history and digital networking projects related to enslaved communities in Maryland. Leon received her bachelors of arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1997 and her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her first book, An Image of God: the Catholic Struggle with Eugenics, was published by the University of Chicago Press (May 2013). Prior to joining the History Department at MSU, Leon spent over thirteen years at George Mason University’s History Department at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as Director of Public Projects, where she oversaw dozens of award-winning collaborations with library, museum, and archive partners from around the country. Leon continues to serve as the Director of the Omeka web publishing platform.

MemberStefanie Samida

…s zum Erlebnis: Reenactment und Schlachtfeldtourismus. In: A. Drecoll, T. Schaarschmidt & I. Zündorf (Hrsg.), Authentizität als Kapital historischer Orte? Gedenkstätten, Dokumentationszentren und die Sehnsucht nach dem unmittelbaren Erleben (Göttingen 2019) 123–139.

Public History und Kulturelles Erbe. In: K. Minner (Hrsg.), Public History und (westfälische) Landesgeschichte (= Westfälische Forschungen 69) (Münster 2019) 29–51, together with Cord Arendes.

Theorie? Ein Dialog. Ethnographisch-Archäologische Zeitschrift 56/1&2, 201…

Since 2017 I am associate professor of popular cultures at Zurich University and currently research associate at Heidelberg University. Before: different positions at German universities, e.g. one of three principal investigators in the research project „Living history: reenacted prehistory between research and popular performance“ at the Leibniz Centre of Contemporary History Potsdam, junior research group leader at the Heidelberg School of Education and research fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna. My research interests include heritage studies, material culture studies, public history, popular cultures and history of media and science.