End-of-Summer News: Public History Grads Attain Success

With the summer fast coming to a close, we have good news to share about several public history students and alumni.

In April, Whitney K. Todd defended her thesis, “The Grey Eagle of Glen Lily: Simon Bolivar Buckner’s Place in the Lost Cause, Reunion, and Politics of the Late Nineteenth Century.”  She graduated with an M.A. in history the following month.  Whitney is now working as a museum education specialist at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.  Her thesis is a penetrating study of one of Kentucky’s lesser-known political and military heroes.  She puts her knowledge of late nineteenth-cenury culture and politics to excellent use in her work at the KHS, where she develops interpretive programs and leads tours of the Old State Capitol and other sites.

Earlier this month, Meredith Maple defended her thesis, “Historic Preservation in Equator: Tangible and Intangible Heritage.”  She will soon graduate with an M.A. in history.  Meredith’s thesis explores the relationship between efforts to preserve select elements of the built environment in Quito and rising interest in the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.  A pathbreaking study, it places the concept of intangible heritage in a critical perspective and poses questions about the limits of preservation as applied to “living” cultures.  Meredith will soon start working as an educational facilitator for Humana Corporation.  She’ll be training Humana employees across the country, helping build a stronger workforce and putting her excellent skills as a historian and classroom instructor to good use.

Nicole Cissell is slated to graduate from George Washington University with a Master’s of Education in Secondary Teaching at the end of the month.  Nicole graduated from the U of L in 2008 with a B.A. in history and completed a graduate certificate in public history in 2013.  She plans to put her historical skills to use in teaching social studies at the secondary level.  Nicole has remained active in museums and historical programing while working on her M.A.  She is now searching for jobs in the Washington, D.C. area.

Please join us in offering warm congratulations to these three graduates.  Each has already accomplished a great deal and is well-positioned for further success.  We are especially gratified to see their hard work pay off and wish them the best with their future endeavors.


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